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speech and language teaching concepts for Found in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ initial and final (girl and dog)
/er/ medial (girl)
/rl/ final (girl)
/r/ initial (Roscoe)
/sk/ medial (Roscoe)
/sh/ initial (she)
/d/ initial (dog)
/f/ initial (found, find)
/pr/ initial (Prudence)
/s/ final (Prudence)
/nd/ final (found, find)

Themes:

wordless
non-seasonal
dog

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

Found

By Jeff Newman and Larry Day

A wordless picture book about what we lose, what we find, and what we give back. Jenn’s beloved dog was lost sometime ago. Long enough that she has given up the search. But she still misses her friend. One day she finds a lost dog. She takes him in and despite a rocky start, she grows to love him. Until she spots his picture on a missing poster. His name is Roscoe, and he’s someone else’s best friend. Jenn knows she should return Roscoe, but she really doesn’t want to. Will Jenn do the right thing? Or will she keep this new dog she’s grown to love so much?

This sweet wordless book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like loss, grief, doing what’s right and having compassion. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting a variety of verbs as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Found in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting

Sequencing:

order of events that leads to Roscoe getting home and the girl finding a new dog for herself

Vocabulary:

guarded, refuse, relent, humane shelter, attachment, responsibility, reunion, bond, sacrifice

Character Analysis:

The girl goes through grief after losing her dog. She seems to have given up hope finding her dog. When she sees a dog alone in the rain, she decided to take him in. At first, she is timid and does not want to get attached to it. After a while, she starts to open up and enjoys having the dog around until she sees the missing poster for it. She knows it is the right thing to do to take it back to its owner, however, still loses sleep over it. Ultimately, she does the right thing and works up the courage to take it home, losing another dog herself. In the end, she finds a dog at the Humane Shelter that seems to take her gloomy mood away.

Social/Emotional:

The girl experiences loss, grief, doing what’s right and having compassion. The dog is also lonely, and the boy also misses his dog and hopes it will come back home.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (third person singular)
verbs (regular past tense)

Inferencing:

How do you think the girl feels looking out the window?
How does the dog feel drenched outside?
Why do you think she rescued the dog?
Why hasn’t she called the dog’s owner yet?
Notice the pictures in her room. Who do you think she was hoping to find outside?
How long ago do you think her dog went missing?
What does the dog want to do?
Why do you think she doesn’t want to play catch with him or let him sleep in her bed?
How does she start to feel about the dog?
What is she thinking when she sees the missing poster?
Why do you think she can’t sleep at night?
Notice her facial expression. How does she feel when she brings the dog back?
How does the boy feel?
How does she feel at the end?

Predicting:

What do you think the girl is looking at?
What will she do for the dog?
Who do you think Prudence is?
What will they do next?
What do you think the girl will do when she sees the missing poster?
What do you think she could do to see Roscoe again?
What do you think will happen as she passes the Humane Shelter?