speech and language teaching concepts for little boo in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ (boo)
/sk/
/r/ medial

Themes:

Halloween
pumpkins

Book Details:

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

Little Boo

By Stephen Wunderli

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and one little pumpkin seed tries and tries to be scary. But he doesn't scare anyone . . . not the snowflakes in winter, not the bees in spring, not even the watering can! The wind tells him to be patientโ€•he'll be scary soon enough. But waiting is hard. Will the little seed ever be really, truly scary?

This sweet pumpkins and Halloween-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address character analysis. It is also great for predicting and sequencing the life cycle of a pumpkin! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Little Boo in speech therapy below:ย 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
sequencing
predicting
character analysis

Sequencing:

order of how the pumpkin grew

Vocabulary:

tender, whirl, patient, soil, sighed, sprout, appeared, single, grin

Character Analysis:

The little seed was eager to be scary, but was disappointed when no one was scared. The wind encouraged the seed to be patient because the seed will be scary in time. The seed grew and continued to try to be scary, but the wind reminded the seed to be patient. Finally the seed grew into a pumpkin and was turned into a jack o’lantern. The jack o’lantern was thrilled to finally be scary.

Social/Emotional:

How is the wind a good friend?

Text Features:

dialogue
ellipsis
font size

Inferencing:

How do you think the little seed/little sprout/plant feels when it isn’t scary?
How do you think the jack o’lantern feels?

Predicting:

What do you think the seed will grow into?
Do you think the seed will be scary now?
What do you think the little sprout will grow into?
What do you think the little plant will grow into?
What do you think the flower will grow into?
What season will come next?
When do you think the plant can boo?
Why do you think they took the pumpkin inside of the house?
Where do you think that light is coming from?

If you are interested in seeing other Halloween books to use in therapy, then check out theย Seasonal Narrative Teaching Points Book Listย for a printable copy.