speech and language teaching concepts for How I Spent My Summer Vacation in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial

Themes:

back to school
adventure

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Mark Teague

Most kids go to camp over the summer, or to Grandma's house, or maybe they're stuck at home. Not Wallace Bleff.  He was supposed to visit his Aunt Fern. Instead, Wallace insists, he was carried off by cowboys and taught the ways of the West–from riding buckin' broncos to roping cattle. Lucky for Aunt Fern, he showed up at her house just in time to divert a stampede from her barbecue party!  Perfect for back-to-school read-alouds, here's a western fantasy with sparkling illustrations and enough action to knock kids' boots off!

This adventurous rhyming back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address inferencing and describing.  It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting /k/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How I Spent My Summer Vacation in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence​

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
illustration study​
inferencing​
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
text features​
phonological awareness​

Vocabulary:

west, imagination, wild, relax, westbound, plains, captured, manners, camp, growl, wrangler, discover, cowhand, fright, scene, stampede, matador, display, frightened

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

letter
italics
dialogue
thought bubbles

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Why do you think his parents wanted him to relax?
How do you think cowboys act?
What does it mean to be a cowboy?
Why did the Cattle Boss growl?
What does the Cattle Boss think about the boy?
What will Aunt Fern think when she reads the letter?
What did the other cowboys think about Kid Bluff?
How did they feel when there was a stampede?
What did the teacher think about his story?
How did he feel about his story?

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