speech and language teaching concepts for Hey Little Ant in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial and final
/nt/ final


Earth Day

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

Hey, Little Ant

By Phillip and Hannah Hoose

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this surprising conversation between a tiny ant and a little girl is bound to inspire important discussions about caring, kindness and respect for both animals and humans.

This quirky Spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like kindness and respect for others, no matter their size. It is also great for predicting, sequencing, and rhyming. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hey, Little Ant in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

abbreviated episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
character analysis
illustration study
verbs (present tense)
verbs (action)
text features
phonological awareness


order of events that led to the boy wanting to step on the ant


squish, giant, feel, wrong, rude, crook, strong, should

Character Analysis:

The ant teaches the boy that they are more similar than he thinks.
The boy learns a valuable lesson about how to appreciate the differences in others, no matter their size.


accepting differences in others
seeing the value for all creatures


verbs (present tense)
verbs (action)

Text Features:

dialogue format for character emphasis

Phonological Awareness:



Will the boy listen to his friends?
What will the boy decide to do? Will he step on the ant?
What will the ant do next?

Problem Solving:

How will the ant avoid being stepped on?
What would you do if you were the ant? or the boy?

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