speech and language teaching concepts for One Hundred Bones in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial
/d/ initial
/skr/ initial
/f/ final
/z/ final



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

One Hundred Bones

By Yuval Zommer

A little dog makes a big discovery . . . Scruff the dog is a stray who just loves to dig. It doesn’t make him the most popular dog in town. But when he sniffs out a pile of old bones, he gets all the neighborhood dogs to help him. They uncover not one, not two, not three . . . but 100 bones and make the most exciting dinosaur discovery of all time! Scruff’s find wins him new friends and a new home. A heartwarming story about an underdog who comes out on top.

This adorable rhyming dog and dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address vocabulary, character analysis and predicting. It is also great for targeting sounds including /b/, /d/, /skr/, /f/, and /z/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using One Hundred Bones in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
figurative language
verbs (linguistic) ​
text features
phonological awareness


impressed, beyond, distant, through, beg, protest, subway, natural history, extraordinary, magnificent, discovery, unearthed, ferocious

Character Analysis:

When Scruff isn’t accepted by the other dogs and their owners, Scruff sets out to find a place where he can be himself. In the process, he discovers a treasure that leads him to be the most desirable dog with a gift for digging.

Figurative Language:

personification of the dogs
slang/idioms (fancy pants, fusspot, greenfingers, hoity-toity)


verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

change in text size

Phonological Awareness:



Why do you think the dogs and their owners were not impressed by his digging?
How do they feel about his digging?
Why did he want to search for a friendlier place?
How did he feel when he found the bones?
What do the other dogs think about his request?
How did Scruff convince the dogs to help him?
Why do you think Scruff finally found a home?
What kind of owner do you think Scruff had?
What does he do for a living?


What do you think they will say to him when he is digging?
Where do you think Scruff will go?
What do you think he will find it the ground?
Where do you think they will go with the bones?
What do you think the bones with become?

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