speech and language teaching concepts for Little Blue Truck in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial and final
/l/ initial
/k/ final
/bl/

Themes:

farm
animals
friendship
helping others

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Little Blue Truck

By Alice Schertle

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
With a text full of truck sounds and animal noises to read aloud, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

This fun animal themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social emotional topics like friendship and helping others. It is also great for targeting the following sounds (/l/, /bl/, /tr/, /k/). Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Little Blue Truck in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
adjectives
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
text features
phonological awareness
character analysis
social/emotional
predicting
problem solving
inferencing

Sequencing:

order of animal friends that Little Blue Truck greeted
order of animals who came to help

Vocabulary:

engine, friend, important, dump truck, sunk, scrambled

Character Analysis:

Little Blue Truck helps the Dump when he gets stuck even though the Dump acted selfishly. His animal friends show Little Blue Truck kindness by helping both he and the Dump to get out of the mud.

Social/Emotional:

kindness
helping others
friendship

How did the Dump feel when his wheels got stuck?

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (beep beep, moo, cluck, quack, vroom, peep, neigh, baa, croak)

Grammar:

adjectives (big, green, etc)
verbs (irregular and regular verbs)

Text Features:

colored, bolded, and enlarged fonts

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do you think Duck and the other animals felt when the Dump sped down the road? Why do you think that?
How do you think the Dump felt when no one heard or cared?
How do you think the Dump felt when Little Blue Truck came to help him?
How do you think the Dump and Little Blue Truck both felt to be stuck?
Why did the animals help Little Blue Truck and the Dump?
How do you think they felt to be helped by the animals?

Predicting:

Will anyone help the Dump?
What will happen since Little Blue Truck and the Dump are both stuck in the mud?
Who will come next to help push Little Blue Truck and the Dump out of the mud?

Problem Solving:

How do the animals help to get Little Blue Truck and the Dump out of the mud?

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