using Mel Fell in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ intial
/sh/ final
/fl/ 

Themes:

spring
growing up
learning a new skill
bravery
confidence

Book Details:

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

Mel Fell

By Corey R. Tabor

An innovative and charming tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger. Readers will delight in turning their book sideways and upside down to follow Mel on her journey from downward fall to triumphant flight in this tale of self-confidence and taking a leap of faith.

This inspiring spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like learning a new skill, growing up, and bravery. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting predicting, sequencing, adjectives and a variety of verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mel Fell in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
predicting

problem solving
sequencing

character analysis
text features

illustration study
figurative language
social/emotional
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Sequencing:

order of animals that try to save Mel

Character Analysis:

Mel decides that today is the day she will learn to fly. Mel is carefree, brave, and confident, however the other animals are worried about her. Nonetheless, Mel’s mother reinforces that she knew Mel could do it.

Social/Emotional:

Mel realizes that sometimes you have to believe in yourself and try things even if they might be hard or scary.

facial expressions
determination

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

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

Text Features:

speech bubbles
change in font
change in text size

Predicting:

What do you think will happen to Mel when she tries to fly down?
Who do you think will try to save her next?
What do you think will happen to Mel as she keeps soaring down?
Where do you think she will land?
What do you think will happen to her in the water?
What do you think the other animals will do or say to her when they see her “flying”?
What do you think Mel’s mom will say or do?

Problem Solving:

Mel seems confident and carefree when she flies down from the tree, however the other animals are not quite sure and try to save her.

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.