speech and language teaching concepts for big frank's fire truck in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ final
/f/ initial and medial


community helpers
fire safety

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Big Frank’s Fire Truck

By Leslie McGuire

Big Frank tells young readers all about firefighting and the many other important jobs firefighters do: fire safety training, fire inspection, helping at accident scenes, and more. It’s all in a day’s–and night’s–work for our firefighting friend and his crew. The detailed full-color illustrations in this paperback book will fascinate readers.

This great fire safety-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional concepts such as teamwork and bravery. It is also great for targeting character analysis and inferencing. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Big Frank’s Fire Truck in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (third person singular)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structure
text features


order of events in Big Frank’s day


duty, schedule, fire inspection, prepared, shift, partner, accident, paramedic training, bunk, radio

Character Analysis:

Big Frank is a firefighter and drives the fire truck. He uses his training to keep others and their families safe and sound. He is smiling while teaching a second grade class. He seems to be a team player. Big Frank is also a father and is excited to see his kids after his shift is over.

What does it say about Big Frank, when it says “they go right to work?”
How does Big Frank demonstrate perseverance?


Notice facial expressions and body language.

Why is Big Frank glad?
Why is Big Frank worried?
How do the squads work as a “good team?”
Why is Big Frank tired?
How do Big Frank and his squad demonstrate courage?


verbs (third person singular)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structure

Text Features:

exclamation points


How do you think it feels to work for 24 hours?
What does it mean that he is on duty all day and night?
Why do you think the firehouse has a kitchen/common room/bunk room?
Why does Big Frank hang his equipment next to the pumper engine?
Why does Big Frank turn on the siren?
Why is Big Frank thankful for his paramedic training?
Why do you think Big Frank takes a short nap?
Why are smoke detectors really important?
Why could the brush fire be a bad fire?


Do you think Big Frank will get called in on an emergency?
Why do you think the fire bell is ringing?
Do you think they will get help for the brush fire?
How do you think the crew in the helicopters will help?
What do you think Big Frank will do next?
Who do you think Amber and Little Frank are?

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.