using Franklin’s Valentines in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fr/

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
friendship
kindness
animals

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Franklin’s Valentines

By Paulette Bourgeois

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, it's Valentine's Day and Franklin can't wait to give his friends the cards he has made. But when he gets to school, he discovers that they're missing. Franklin is heartbroken and worried that now his friends won't want to give him any cards. Big hearts prevail and Franklin soon learns that he has very good friends — and that he can be a good friend, too.

This heart warming Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like dealing with unexpected events and friendship. It is also great for predicting and inferencing  as well as for targeting the /fr/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Franklin's Valentines in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)

Vocabulary:

holidays, season, believe, slush, ruined, cloakroom, moaned, decide, delivered, sighed, gathered, riddle, agreed

Character Analysis:

Franklin learns the meaning of friendship.

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
dealing with unexpected events

Grammar:

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)

Inferencing:

How does Franklin feel when he realizes his Valentines are not in his bag?
How did Franklin feel when his mom said the cards were ruined?
Why does Franklin think no one will give him a Valentine?
What is Franklin thinking when he opens all of the cards?

Predicting:

What do you think he will do when he realizes he does not have his Valentines?
What do you think Mr. Owl told Franklin when he was in the cloakroom?
What do you think the students will do when Franklin comes back into the room?
What do you think Franklin will do to show his friends how much he loves them?
What do you think is in the package?

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