speech and language teaching concepts for berenstain bears visit the firehouse in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/er/
/ire/
/air/
/f/ initial and medial
/tr/
/k/ final

Themes:

fire safety
community helpers

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse

By Mike Berenstain

Ding, ding, ding! With an alarm bell, a sliding pole, and three big trucks, the firehouse is an exciting place to visit. Come along as the Berenstain Bears meet everyday heroes—firefighters—in The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse, an exciting addition to the classic New York Times bestselling series! Young readers will love learning all about what it takes to save the day in this picture book.

This sweet fire safety-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address regular past tense verbs and linguistic verbs. It is also great for discussing text features and onomatopoeias. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
vocabulary
inferencing
figurative language
predicting
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structure
pronouns (subject)
text features

Vocabulary:

pretending, cousin, tour, firehouse, greeted, pumper, fire hydrant, steers, equipment

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (“Clang! Clang!” “Eee-ow! Eee-ow!”)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structure
pronouns (subject)- when discussing the story, encourage use or understanding of ‘he’, ‘she’, and ‘they’.

Text Features:

labels
italics
exclamation points
dialogue

Inferencing:

How do you think Brother Bear, Sister Bear and Honey feel about visiting a firehouse?
Look at the equipment and discuss what they might be used for.
Why do Firefighters need uniforms?
Why might the fire pole be dangerous?
How is it faster than stairs?
Why do firehouses have kitchens, bedrooms, a storage room, and a common area?
Why did the ambulance come?
How do you think the chef felt when Paisley was licking his face?
What do you think was the most exciting part of the tour?

Predicting:

What do you think the Bear family will see on the tour?
Where do you think Cousin Wilbur is going?
Where do you think the Bear family will go now?

If you are interested in seeing other fire safety books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.