speech and language teaching concepts for over and under the snow in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:



snow skiing
exploring and observing the woods and animals in winter

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Over and Under the Snow

By Kate Messner

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm. OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow.

This informative winter book can be used in speech therapy to compare and contrast what happens over and under the snow out in the wilderness. This book is full of personification and onomatopoeias. It is also great for discussing hibernation! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Over and the Snow in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (adjectives)
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text
compare and contrast


marsh, gnaw, thicket, drowses, rule, colony

Figurative Language:

sensory language


prepositional phrases
verbs (action)

Text Features:

change in font size and features
repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in using Over and Under the Snow in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

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