using Percival the Plain Little Caterpillar in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/pl/ initial
/p/ initial
/er/ medial
/s/ medial
/v/ medial
/n/ final
/l/ final

Themes:

spring
bugs
acceptance
self-doubt
self-confidence
embracing others differences

Book Details:

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

Percival the Plain Little Caterpillar

By Helen Brawley

Percival the caterpillar is upset that he is just a plain brown color, while his insect and animal friends have such beautiful colored markings, so he is happily surprised one morning when he wakes up from a nap.

This hopeful spring and bugs book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance, self-doubt, self-confidence, embracing others differences, and putting ourselves in others shoes. It is also great forย sequencing and for targeting inferencing as well as for describing and targeting a variety of sounds including: /pl/, /p/, /er/, /s/, /v/, /l/, and /n/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Percival the Plain Little Caterpillar in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

order of animals Percival talks to until he becomes a butterfly

Vocabulary:

caterpillar, butterfly, much, croaked, pity, plain, dart, pleased, naughty, lovely, cocoon

Social/Emotional:

Percival is jealous of the other animals and it makes him sad when they are bragging about their attributes. The animals each share their own perspective of their features while neglecting to put themselves in Percival’s shoes.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)

Phonological Awareness:

alliteration

Inferencing:

Why did Frederick Frog puff out his chest when he was talking to Percival?
What does Frederick Frog think about himself?
How did Percival feel about not being green or red?
Why does Percival wish he was blue?
How do you think Percival feels when he talks to Lizzie Lizard?
What do you think about the animals personalities?
How do you think Percival felt when he woke up?

Predicting:

Who do you think Percival might see next?
What do you think Percival dreamed about?
What do you think might happen to Percival when he wakes up?