speech and language teaching concepts for firebears the rescue team in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/r/ initial
/b/ initial and medial
/r/ vocalic

Themes:

fire safety
community service
heroes
teamwork

Book Details:

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

Firebears, the Rescue Team

By Rhonda Gowler Greene

Sound the siren, grab the hoses, stretch those ladders. Rescue! With Firebears on the job, no blaze is too big to brave-it's all in a day's work. So put on your fire hat and come for a ride with the fearless rescue crew of Fire Station Number Eight.

This sweet fire safety and community helpers-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and sequencing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for repetitive text! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Firebears the Rescue Team in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
inferencing
predicting
sequencing
repetitive text
text features
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
illustration study
social/emotional
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

order of who the firebears helped

Vocabulary:

siren, wailing, racing, hero, brave, job, delay, humble, urgent

Social/Emotional:

brave
being humble
helping others
facial expressions
concern

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

font size
all caps
exclamation points
repetitive text
turn the book vertically for certain pages

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do you think the firebear, who is sitting feels?
How do you think the firebears feel about rescuing a cat?
How do you know that the firebears are in a hurry?
Why do you think the firebear’s tongue is hanging out?
Why are the firebears going slow?

Predicting:

What do you think they use the pole for?
What do you think the firebear is going to do with the ladder?
Where do you think the firebears are going?

If you are interested in using Firebears, the Rescue Team in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities. 

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