using Fletcher and the Falling Leaves in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ andย /s/ blends
/r/ and /r/ blends
/r/ vocalic
/f/ initial
/l/

Themes:

fall
friendship
coping with change

Book Details:

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

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

By Julia Rawlinson

As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is wrong. He works really hard to help his favorite tree. But then winter comes and with it a wonderful surprise.

There are many speech and language teaching concepts for Fletcher and the Falling Leaves in speech therapy. This sweet fall book can be used for character analysis as well as alliteration and figurative language in your speech therapy sessions.

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
social/emotional concepts

Vocabulary:

bounded, den, glimmer, gust, shivered, promise, etc.

Character Analysis:

Fletcher is a caring friend and spends his time comforting and helping his favorite tree as it is changing.

Social/Emotional:

worry/concern
empathy

Figurative Language:

similes
onomatopoeias
personifications

Grammar:

action verbs
adverbs
adjectives
contractions
prepositional phrases

Phonological Awareness:

alliterations
multi-syllabic words

Inferencing:

signs of the season
Fletcher’s behavior
Fletcher’s feelings

Problem Solving:

Fletcher’s favorite tree is sick.

If you are interested in using Fletcher and the Falling Leaves in speech therapy, then check out theย book companionย with the full lesson plans and activities.