speech and language teaching concepts for move over rover in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/v/ medial



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

Move Over, Rover!

By Karen Beaumont

It’s raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse–until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who’s the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn’t quite so crowded after all!

This spring and weather-themed book is a fun cumulative tale! It is great for rhyming, sequencing, predicting, and illustration study. It is also great for targeting /r/ and /er/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Move Over, Rover! in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

repetitive text
illustration study
phonological awareness
WH-questions (who and where)
spatial concept (in)


order of animals who come into the doghouse


romping, skunk, frightening, alone, split, awful, crowded


verbs (action)
synonyms for “hurry” and “move over”
adjectives- primarily “warm” because it is included in the repetitive text
verbs (present progressive)- primarily “looking” because it is included in the repetitive text
WH-questions (who and where)
spatial concept (in)

Text Features:

change in text size
question marks
exclamation points

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think Rover will do while it rains?
Do you think ____ will fit in the doghouse?
Who do you think will try to come into the doghouse next?
What do you think might happen to the doghouse now that it is full?
Who do you think made that “awful smell?”
Why do you think everyone is in a hurry to get out of the doghouse?
Where is Rover now?
What do you think he is doing?
How do you think Rover feels now that he is alone again?

If you are interested in using Move Over, Rover! and other weather- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion. 

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