using Fiona's Luck in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/l/ initial

Themes:

spring
St. Patrick’s Day
sharing
greed

Book Details:

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

Fiona’s Luck

By Teresa Bateman

The luck of the Irish has waned after the greedy Leprechaun King has taken all the good fortune in Ireland and locked it away. It is up to one cunning girl, Fiona to come up with a plan to get the luck and good tidings back from the leprechauns to help the people of Ireland. Through clever charades, Fiona uses her wit to outsmart the powerful Leprechaun King and restore luck to the Emerald Isle. Luminous and enchanting illustrations add to the wonder of this original folktale, that is sure to charm readers young and old who are looking for a bit of magic to spark their story time.

This witty spring and St. Patrick's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like greed and sharing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting predicting, inferencing, and problem solving as well as for /f/ and /l/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Fiona's Luck in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
problem solving
character analysis
inferencing
predicting
verbs (action)​​

Vocabulary:

Ireland, leprechauns, luck, clung, throne, distribute, thorough, misfortune, emerge, bulging, contented, unexpected, trice, grasped, glorious, cavern, claim, forfeit, shuddered, bargain, roaming

Character Analysis:

Fiona is clever and comes up with a plan to get their luck back. She tricks everyone into thinking that she has luck and then makes a deal of a lifetime with the king.

Figurative Language:

simile (as sure as smoke loves fire, like squeezing water from a stone)

Grammar:

verbs (action)

Inferencing:

How did the townspeople feel when all the luck was gone?
How do you think others felt about Fiona and her luck?
What do you think Fiona was thinking when she went to the king?
How did Fiona feel about the agreement?
How do you think the leprechaun felt when he realized she had no luck?
How do you think the leprechaun felt when she made her wish?
How did she feel at the end?

Predicting:

What do you think is going to happen when they sweep up all the luck?
What do you think Fiona will do with the cow and chickens?
What do you think others will say about Fiona?
What do you think the leprechaun king will ask her?
What do you think will happen when the king tests her?
What do you think she will wish for?

Problem Solving:

Fiona comes up with a plan to get their luck back.

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