using Pete the Cat Snow Daze in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sn/

Themes:

winter
friendship
school

Book Details:

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

Pete the Cat Snow Daze

By James Dean

In Pete the Cat: Snow Daze, school is canceled, and Pete cannot wait to play in the snow with all his friends. Imagine a day filled with snowball fights, hot chocolate, snowcats, and more. But when the next day and the day after that are all snow days, Pete comes to a sudden realization—it is possible to have too many snow days.

This repetitive winter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like sharing experiences and friendship. It is also great for sequencing, inferencing, and targeting the /sn/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete the Cat Snow Daze in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
problem solving
sequencing
inferencing
social/emotional
verbs (actions)
verbs (present progressive)
text features
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of events during Pete’s snow days and when he finally gets back to school

Vocabulary:

daze, show-and-tell, snow day, sledding, barely, the walk, plows, rush

Social/Emotional:

thoughts and feelings about his friends and school
missing his friends
sharing experiences

Grammar:

verbs (actions)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

repetitive text
exclamation marks
italics

Inferencing:

Why do you think the story is called “snow daze”?
How does he feel each day he realizes it’s a snow day?
What do you think he will tell his teacher about his snow day?
What does he think at the end of each snow day?
How do you think he feels when they finally have snow-and-tell?

Problem Solving:

Pete takes matters into his own hands and finds a way to get everyone to school.

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