speech and language teaching concepts for Lady Liberty's Holiday in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/b/ medial
/er/ medial
/t/ final

Themes:

patriotic/America
adventure

Book Details:

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

Lady Liberty’s Holiday

By Jen Arena

Hit the road and see America with the Statue of Liberty! The Statue of Liberty is feeling a little blue, despite being green. As much as she loves welcoming people to America, standing still for over a hundred years has left her with a stiff neck, aching arms, and a cramp in her leg. This lady could use a vacation! With some encouragement from her friend Moe the pigeon, Lady Liberty takes off to see the rest of America! She explores the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, the waving wheat fields of Kansas, the breathtaking grandeur of the Grand Canyon, and the cozy sunshine of the California coastline. But will Lady Liberty make it back to New York City for the Fourth of July? And will she even want to?

This fun patriotic/America themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like feeling like you need a break and self-care. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting predicting as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Lady Liberty's Holiday in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
character analysis​
sequencing​
illustration study​
inferencing​
social/emotional​
predicting​
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Sequencing:

order of places Lady Liberty traveled to before she made her way back home

Vocabulary:

liberty, holiday, blue, getaway, rust, protest, pried, Jersey Shore, Cape Cod, Niagara Falls, west, St. Louis Arch, Kansas, wheat, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountains, Golden Gate Bridge, gloomy, cross, stock market, mayor, Grand Canyon, trekked, geyser, cattle, waded, perched, bolted

Character Analysis:

Lady Liberty learns the importance of taking time for oneself as well as her worth to the city of New York.

Social/Emotional:

Lady Liberty feels blue because she sees the same things everyday. On her adventure around the world, she realizes that it’s nice to have some time for yourself to explore. At the end when Moe comes to find her, she feels worried that the Fourth of July will be canceled and ultimately is glad when she gets back home. She also gains more appreciation for America and what life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness stands for.

Figurative Language:

similes (bolted as if she’d been struck by lighting)

Grammar:

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

Inferencing:

How was Lady Liberty feeling if she woke up a little blue?
What did Moe mean when he told Lady Liberty to shake off her rust?
How did she take what he said?
How do you think she feels on the beach?
Why do you think Moe was starting to worry back in New York?
Why are the New Yorkers gloomy and cross?
Why do you think the mayor would cancel the Fourth of July?
What does Lady Liberty represent?
How did Lady Liberty feel when Moe came and told her the news?
Why do you think Lady Liberty came back to New York?
What did Lady Liberty realize when she got back home?

Predicting:

What do you think could make Lady Liberty feel better?
Where do you think she will go?
Do you think she misses New York?
What do you think Moe the pigeon is doing while Lady Liberty is gone?
Do you think there can be a Fourth of July without Lady Liberty?
Do you think Lady Liberty has thought about New York at all?
What do you think Moe will do?
What do you think Moe will say to Lady Liberty when he finds her?
What do you think Lady Liberty will do?

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