Pig The Monster Speech Therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/g/ final

Themes:

Halloween
being greedy
character change/growth

Book Details:

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

Pig The Monster

By Aaron Blabey

Pig, the world's greediest pug, is on the rampage for TREATS! TREATS! TREATS! But don't even think about being stingy with the goodies, because this candy-fueled glutton has some terrible tricks up his sleeve… Rich with author-illustrator Aaron Blabey's signature rhyming text and unforgettable illustrations,ย Pig the Monster is a laugh-out-loud story that follows the eight previous books in the series.

This funny Halloween book can be used to address social/emotional issues like being selfish and greedy. It is also great for noticing character change and for observing multiple attempts in the plot as well as for rich vocabulary! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pig The Monster in speech therapy below:

 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
plot – multiple attempts
text features for emphasis

Sequencing:

order of Pig’s costumes
order of attempts

Vocabulary:

lurch, rampage, bellow, relented, stingy, vengance, unprecedented, and more

Character Analysis:

Pig wanted candy and would do anything to get it without regard for anyone else.
Pig is very selfish and greedy but learns a lesson and changes his heart about sharing and respect.

Social/Emotional:

bullying
character change/growth
facial expressions

Grammar:

adverbs
verbs (auxilary)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

all CAPS for emphasis
text bolded, font variation, and italicized for emphasis

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Trevor’s facial expressions throughout as a warning that something bad would come.

Problem Solving:

Pig has to learn to not be selfish and greedy on Halloween.

If you liked this, check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for other Halloween books to use in therapy.