using Roller Coaster in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/l/ medial
/st/ medial
/er/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

Roller Coaster

By Marla Frazee

This exhilarating amusement park visit begins with a line of prospective riders, eagerly awaiting their turn . . . with at least one person who has never done this before. Zooming, swerving, dipping, and diving, this delightful story featuring a breathtaking ride and a hilarious range of reactions, will help readers lose their roller coaster anxiety. Marla Frazee’s witty narrative and slyly building of tension delivers an experience unlike any other and will have readers begging to take another ride.

This thrilling summer book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like personal interests, seeking adventure or conquering your fears. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting predicting as well as for /r/, /l/, /er/ and /st/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Roller Coaster in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
text features


Different people have different interests and feelings towards thrill seeking activities like riding roller coasters. Some people may be scared and may try to conquer their fears, while others enjoy the risk.

Text Features:

large text
change in font
moving text
prolonged sounds


Why would someone want to go on roller coasters?
How do different people feel about riding roller coasters?
Why would someone decide they didn’t want to go on?
How do they feel when it’s their turn to ride?
How do the different people feel on the ride?


What do you think will happen when it’s time to go into the cars?
What do you think the ride will be like?
Who do you think the narrator is?

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