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

/r/ initial
/er/ medial and final
/ar/ medial
/ear/ final
/f/ initial
/t/ initial
/th/ initial
/k/ initial and 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

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
figurative language
text features


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!”


Why doesn’t the farmer think Turkey is a ________?
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 are interested in seeing other Thanksgiving books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy. 

If you are interested in using Run, Turkey, Run! and other Thanksgiving- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion.