speech and language teaching concepts for Rainstorm in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial (boy)
/k/ initial (kids)
/ch/ initial (children)
/p/ initial, medial and final (passage, open, up)
/l/ initial (ladder, lighthouse)



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary


By Barbara Lehman

It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and there’s only the quiet to keep you company. But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.

This fun wordless book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and sequencing. It is also great for noticing illustrations and character expressions and for targeting comparing and contrasting as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Rainstorm in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)


steps to get to the lighthouse and back
order of events on the rainy day


lighthouse, island, fancy, chest, expensive, armor, secret, passage


compare/contrast his house vs. where they play
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)


How does the boy feel about being stuck inside?
Why did the boy cover his mouth with his hand?
What can you infer about the homeowners/boy’s parents?
What is the boy thinking as he tries to find where the key belongs to?
Why does he stop to think before going down the long path?
Why did he slowly peek when opening the door?
Why are the others peeking at him?
Why do you think it’s not raining there?
Why are they running back to the lighthouse?
Why do the kids look scared in the hallway?


What do you think the boy sees out the window?
What do you think the boy wants to do?
What do you think might happen if he keeps playing with the ball inside?
Where do you think the key leads to?
What do you think will be inside the chest?
Where do you think the door leads to?
Where do you think the tall spiral staircase leads to?
How do you think they all got there?
What will they do with each other on the island?
What do you think they want the boy to do?
What do you think the boy will do the next day?