speech and language teaching concepts for Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends
/fl/
/bl/

Themes:

friendship
helping others and caring for others
spring

Book Details:

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

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

By Julia Rawlinson

Fletcher enjoys the sunny weather and the warmth of spring. But when he stumbles across snowy flakes gently floating to the ground, he spreads the news of winter’s return to all his friends. But spring is full of wonderful surprises for Fletcher and his friends.

This sweet spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like caring for and helping others, as well as friendship. It is also great for targeting alliterations, sequencing, and predicting! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episodes

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
problem solving
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (action)
text features
phonological awareness
complex sentence structure
prepositional phrases
cumulative structure

Sequencing:

order of friends that Fletcher warns

Vocabulary:

bustling, bobbing, burrow (verb form), burrow (noun form), store, quills, slope, heap, blossom

Character Analysis:

Fletcher cares about his friends. He felt concerned when he thought he saw snow and immediately went to warn his friends, so that they could prepare. In the end, Fletcher was able to relax and enjoy time with his friends in the springtime blossoms.

Social/Emotional:

feelings/emotions (concern for others/worry, excitement, happy, thankful, relief)
friendship

Figurative Language:

idioms
onomatopoeias

Grammar:

verbs (linguistic)
verbs (action)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structure
adjectives

Text Features:

ellipsis
animated text
ALL CAPS
exclamation points

Phonological Awareness:

alliterations
rhyming

Inferencing:

Why did Fletcher feel like he needed to warn his animal friends when he thought winter had returned?
Why would squirrel need to hunt for more nuts?
Why would porcupine need to go back to bed?
Why would the pair of birds need to fly south?
Why would the rabbits need to eat more grass?
What do you think Fletcher might do in the winter? Does he need to prepare?
Why would Fletcher mistake blossoms for snow? (How are they similar?)

Predicting:

Who will Fletcher warn next?
What do you think ____ will want to do before they prepare?
What do you think the animals will do now that they know it actually is spring?

Problem Solving:

Fletcher thought he saw snowflakes, so he quickly went to each of his animal friends to warn them. He wanted to make sure that they were properly prepared. In the end they all realized that it was winter, but that the blossoms resembled snowflakes.

If you are interested in using Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.