using In a Garden in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ initial
/ar/ medial
/z/ final

Themes:

spring
gardening
weather
science
changing seasons
bugs

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

In a Garden

By Tim McCanna

How does a garden grow? Follow along from seed to sprout to bud to flower as a garden blooms. Worms, ladybugs, millipedes, and more help a garden grow each season. Tim McCanna’s gorgeous, rhyming text, combined with Aimée Sicuro’s stunning illustrations make this charming picture book as informative as it is fun to read aloud. Bonus backmatter features tons of cool facts about ecosystems and the symbiosis between plants and bugs.

This colorful spring book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for targeting vocabulary, figurative language, verbs and describing as well as for /s/, /ar/ and /z/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using In a Garden in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
sequencing
vocabulary
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
figurative language
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of how the garden changes through the seasons

Vocabulary:

sparrows, chirp, crickets, trill, millipede, termites, shoot, root, shimmer, earwigs, scuttle, scurry, scoot, scramble, creatures, emerge, nectar, shelter

Figurative Language:

imagery
personification (gentle breeze whispers, leaves unfold braving wind)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming
alliteration

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