speech and language teaching concepts for One-Dog Canoe in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial
/n/ medial

Themes:

Summer

Book Details:

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

One-Dog Canoe

By Mary Casanova

When a girl and her dog set out on a canoe trip together, they're expecting a quiet afternoon for two. Then a beaver decides to join them, even when the girl protests that “It's a one-dog canoe.” And when a loon, and a wolf, and a bear, and a moose all ask for a ride, it's almost too much. But they all manage to fit in this one-dog canoe―until a frog comes along. . . .

This silly Summer book can be used in speech therapy to target rhyming and sequencing. It is also great for focusing on inferencing and targeting the following sounds: /k/ and /n/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using One-Dog Canoe in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of animals that wanted in the one-dog canoe

Vocabulary:

canoe, trip, paddle, loon, bounded, glared, bailed, vessel, scrambled, glided, dew, grin, crew

Social/Emotional:

The animals feel left out and all try to fit inside the canoe.

including others
facial expressions
body language

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias
metaphors (ribbons of blue)
similes (like an arrow on the wind)

Grammar:

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

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Do you think all the animals will fit in the canoe? How do you know?
What do they think about the canoe and if it is big enough to hold all the animals?
How do you know that the canoe is weighing down?
How do you think the girl feels about each animal getting in the canoe?
How did the characters feel when they went for a swim?

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