speech and language teaching concepts for Big Chickens in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ch/ initial
/k/ medial (chicken)
/fr/ medial (afraid)
/m/ initial (me)
/w/ initial (what, we one)
/f/ initial
/or/ final (four)



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

Big Chickens

By Leslie Helakoski

When four big chickens see a wolf sneaking near their coop, they run into the woods to hide. But for a bunch of big chickens, running away from danger isn’t as easy as it looks. As they continue on their way, they wonder: What if they get stuck in a ditch? What if they hit an iceberg in the lake? What if they step into a cow patty? Eewww! Brimming with silliness and the kind of slapstick humor small children love, here’s a rollicking read-aloud with an uplifting message and a very satisfying ending.

This hilarious farm-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for targeting regular past tense verbs and vocabulary! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Big Chickens in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (regular past tense)
phonological awareness
repetitive text


order of all the shenanigans the chickens get into


cautious, coop, flocked, tumbled, cowardly, ditch, muttered, spied, scurried

Character Analysis:

The chickens stay together and are afraid of everything. Each time they encounter something scary, the chickens panic, which results in them in the scenario that they feared. However, in the end, their panic scares a wolf away, which fills the chickens with pride. They begin to strut with pride and claim to be big and brave chickens.




regular past tense verbs

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think will happen to the chickens in the woods?
What do you think will happen if the chickens go deeper into the woods?
What do you think happens to the chickens?
How do you think they will get out?
What do you think each chicken does?
Where will the chickens go?
What will happen to the chickens?
How will they get out of the water?
Where do you think the chickens will end up?
Who do you think is in the cave?
What do you think the chickens will do?
What do you think the wolf will do?
Where do you think the chickens will go now?

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