speech and language teaching concepts for Run Turkey Run in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/er/ medial
/f/ initial
/t/ initial
/k/ medial



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Run, Turkey, Run

By Diane Mayr

With Thanksgiving, only one day away, can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer who's looking for a plump bird for his family feast? Maybe he can hide with the pigs . . . or the ducks . . . or the horses . . . Uh-oh! Here comes the farmer! Run, Turkey, run!

This Thanksgiving-themed book can be used for sequencing and predicting. It also has an initial /f/, an initial /r/, an initial /t/, a medial /k/, and a medial /er/ included within the repetitive text! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Run, Turkey, Run in speech therapy below: ​​

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode


order of farm animals
order of Turkey’s actions


escape, fool

Figurative Language:


Text Features:

repetitive text
change of color to emphasize “No! Run, Turkey, Run!”


how does camouflage help Turkey escape Thanksgiving?
why does the farmer and his family eat grilled cheese for Thanksgiving?


will the farmer think he’s a ____?
what do you think the farmer and his family will find when they are picking out a Christmas tree?

Problem Solving:

it’s the day before Thanksgiving, so Turkey has to find a way to escape.

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