speech and language teaching concepts for Fright Club in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fr/
/kl/

Themes:

Halloween
inclusion

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Fright Club

By Ethan Long

Each year, on Halloween eve, Fright Club meets to go over their plan: Operation Kiddie Scare. Only the scariest of monsters can join Fright Club–Vladimir the Vampire, Fran K. Stein, Sandy Witch, and Virginia Wolf have all made the cut. They’ve been practicing their ghoulish faces, their scary moves, and their chilling sounds. But when a band of cute little critters comes along asking to join in the fun, the members of Fright Club will find out who really is the scariest of all!

This clever Halloween book can be used in speech therapy to address the message of inclusion. It is also great for noticing onomatopoeias and text featuresDiscover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Fright Club in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

text features
vocabulary
predicting
figurative language
illustration study
theme/message
compare and contrast
inferencing

Vocabulary:

peered, successful, fright, club, peephole, monster, adorable, refocus, critters

Social/Emotional:

inclusion
facial expressions and body language

How did the little critters help the monsters?
How did the little critters and monsters work as a team?

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Text Features:

text within illustrations
speech bubbles
ALL CAPS
change in font and font size
ellipsis

Inferencing:

Why do you think the bunny wanted to join the Fright Club?
How do you think the bunny felt when Vladimir said ‘no’?
How do you think the monsters felt when Vladimir said that their scary faces were not good enough?
How were the monsters moves scary?
What kind of scary moves did Vladimir hope for?
How do you think the monsters felt when the little critters came inside?
How do you think the little critters felt after successfully scaring the monsters?
How did the little critters help the monsters?

Predicting:

What all do you think they need to do?
Who do you think is knocking on the door?
Do you think they will let the bunny join? Why? Why not?
Do you think those faces are scary enough?
Do you think mummy’s face will be scary?
Who do you think is knocking on the door?
Do you think anyone has scary moves?
Who do you think is banging on the door?
Do you think the little critters will go away?
Do you think monsters are the only ones who can be scary?
What do you think the little critters will do next?
Do you think they will let the little critters into the club?
Do you think they will successfully scare the kids on Halloween night?

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