speech and language teaching concepts for How to Catch a Turkey in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ch/ final (catch)
/k/ initial (catch)
/k/ medial (turkey)
/t/ initial (turkey)
/er/ (turkey)


clever thinking

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

How to Catch a Turkey

By Adam Wallace

A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it so the show can go on? Follow along as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!).

This Thanksgiving book can be used to address clever thinking by the main character. The story is from the point of view of a turkey. It is a great book for illustration study and for targeting  regular past tense verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How to Catch a Turkey in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
point-of-view (first person)
problem solving
verbs (regular past tense)
text features


order of turkey’s traps and escapes


stage fright, preparations, crowning glory, loudspeakers


verbs (regular past tense)
point-of-view (first person)

Text Features:

change of font and color


How will they try to catch the turkey next?
Do you think they will catch the turkey?
How will the turkey escape?
What will the turkey do now that he is on the stage?

Problem Solving:

How will the turkey manage to escape?

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

If you are interested in using How to Catch a Turkey and other Thanksgiving- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion.