speech and language teaching concepts for Pete the Cat: Falling for Autumn in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial and medial
/t/ final
/b/ initial
/k/ medial and final

Themes:

fall
family
Thanksgiving

Book Details:

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

Pete the Cat: Falling for Autumn

By James Dean

New York Times bestselling creators James and Kimberly Dean show us all the wonderful things about autumn. A great book to share with the family at Thanksgiving or anytime! Pete the Cat isn't sure about the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn. But when he discovers corn mazes, hay rides, and apple picking, Pete realizes there's so much to enjoy and be thankful for about autumn.

This repetitive fall book can be used in speech therapy to address inferencing, predicting, and character analysis. It is also great for complex sentence structure and for targeting describing as well as for /p/, /t/, /b/ and /k/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete the Cat: Falling for Autumn in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
theme/message​
character analysis​
sequencing​
illustration study​
inferencing​
predicting​
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (third person singular)
verbs (present progressive)
complex sentence structure
repetitive text​

Sequencing:

order of items Pete stuffs in his backpack

Vocabulary:

blue, squat, cornstalks, hayride, mound, souvenirs, autumn, cornucopia

Character Analysis:

Pete the Cat learns to appreciate the changing of the season, but most of all he realizes it best when shared with family and friends.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (third person singular)
verbs (present progressive)
complex sentence structure

Text Features:

repetitive text

Inferencing:

What does Pete the Cat think about fall?
How does Pete feel about getting lost in the maze?
Why do you think he picked a corncob from the maze?
Why do you think they made a scarf for Pete to wear?
How do they feel on the hayride?
How did Pete’s feelings towards fall change?
Why is the story called “Falling for Autumn”?

Predicting:

Where do you think Pete will go next?
What do you think Pete is going to do with the extra yarn, hay, apple etc.?
What do you think Pete will do with all the items when he gets home?
What do you think Pete loves most about autumn?

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