speech and language teaching concepts for Cranberry Valentine in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/v/ initial
/l/ initial
/sk/ medial

Themes:

Valentine’s Day

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Cranberry Valentine

By Wende Devlin

Does Mr. Whiskers have a secret admirer? For the first time in his life, Mr. Whiskers receives a valentine. And not just one, but several! Mr. Whiskers is beside himself…does he really have a secret admirer? How will Mr. Whiskers respond to this valentine gesture?

This cute Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to target inferencing and predicting.  It is also great for addressing figurative language. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Cranberry Valentine in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)

Vocabulary:

fortune, frothy, fragrant, whistled, cupid, valentine, beamed

Character Analysis:

Mr. Whisker’s learns that he is special. He also learns how to give a back to those that gave to him.

Social/Emotional:

kindness
character growth
love
different emotions such as, wistful, nervous, worried, terrified, etc.
Mr. Whisker’s facial expressions and body language

Figurative Language:

similes

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)

Inferencing:

How do you think Mr. Whiskers felt about never receiving a valentine?
Why do you think Grandmother is in a rush to her sewing circle?
Why do you think Mr. Whiskers is upset about receiving valentines?
How do you think Mr. Whiskers felt when he arrived to Maggie and Grandmother’s house with a valentine to then find that the whole sewing circle was there? Why do you think that?
Why do you think Mr. Whiskers poked around for a piece of chocolate with caramel inside?
What do you think Mr. Whiskers will do for Valentine’s Day next year?
Why do you think Mr. Whiskers is anticipating Valentine’s Day next year?

Predicting:

Who do you think sent Mr. Whiskers’ his valentines?
Why do you think the lady in a green coat asked about Mr. Whiskers?

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.