speech and language teaching concepts for pick a pumpkin in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial (pumpkin)

Themes:

Halloween
pumpkins

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Pick a Pumpkin

By Patricia Toht

Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside — savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o’-lantern.

This cute pumpkins and Halloween-themed book can be used in speech therapy to practice using conjunctions while discussing the order of events once you've picked a pumpkin from the patch. It is full of great vocabulary. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pick a Pumpkin in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
adjectives
conjunctions
predicting
phonological awareness
verbs (action)
vocabulary

Sequencing:

order of how to carve a pumpkin
order of their day (pick a pumpkin, take it home, carve it, decorate the house, light the pumpkin, go trick-or-treating)

Vocabulary:

goodies, patch, crunch, lean, homeward, snugly, guts, scrape, slits, pinprick, eerie, smirch, snarl, fiery, snicker, guard, flicker, form, crew

Grammar:

adjectives
conjunctions
verbs (action)

Text Features:

ellipsis
change in font size

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming
alliteration

Predicting:

What do you think they will do next?

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