speech and language teaching concepts for IF You Take a Mouse to School in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ final
/th/ initial
/f/ final
/t/ initial
/m/ initial
/s/ final
/k/ final
/sk/ initial


back to school

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

If You Take a Mouse to School

By Laura Numeroff

Mouse goes to school in this picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give… series! If you take a mouse to school, he'll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he'll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he'll need a notebook and some pencils. He'll probably want to share your backpack, too.

This cute back to school book can be used in speech therapy to introduce school related vocabulary. It is also great for targeting verbs, inferencing, and predicting. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using If You Take a Mouse to School in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)


lunchbox, pencils, math, notebook, locker, experiment, bell, bus


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


Why does the mouse ask for a lunchbox?
Why do you think he needs a notebook and pencils?
Why do we need all of those supplies at school?
What do we do at school?


What will the mouse ask for next?
Where do you think he will go in the school next?

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.