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

/b/ initial
/g/ final
/ch/ initial
/k/ medial and final
/sm/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Chicken Big

By Keith Graves

On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. No matter how they try, these clueless chickens can’t make sense of the gigantic new member of their family—until he saves the day. With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this BIG twist on the classic Chicken Little story lends a whole new perspective to what it means to be chicken.

This funny farm book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and inferencing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting story grammar elements and sequencing as well as for linguistic verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Chicken Big in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (linguistic)
text features​


order of attempts big chick helps and what they think he is


verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

speech bubbles
change in text font
change in text size
exclamation marks


How do you think the hen laid such a big egg?
What do the other animals think about it?
What did the smallest chicken think when the acorn fell?
Why do they think the chick is an elephant?
What will the smallest chicken think is happening now?
How did they feel when big chick blocked the wind?
How did the big chick feeling after all of these guesses?
How did they feel when their eggs were gone?
Why was the fox frightened?
Why was his “tail between his legs”?
How did they feel at the end?


What do you think will come out of the egg?
What do you think they will do with the big chick?
What else might they think he is if not an elephant?
Who eats acorns?
What do you think the big chick will do when it starts raining?
What might they think he is now?
How will big chick help when it’s too windy?
What might they think he is if he made them warm and cozy?
What makes you warm and cozy?
What do you think big chick will do when he sees the fox?
What will they think he is at the end?

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.