speech and language teaching concepts for Run Wild in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial

Themes:

summer
exploring
embracing nature

 

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Run Wild

By David Covell

Get back to nature in this gorgeous sunlit filled book that celebrates the joy of being outdoors. “Hey, you! Sky's blue!” a girl shouts as she runs by the window of a boy bent over his digital device. Intrigued, the boy runs out after her, leaving his shoes (and phone) behind, and into a world of sunshine, dewey grass, and warm sand. Filled with the pleasures of being alive in the natural world, Run Wild is an exquisite and kid-friendly reminder of how wonderful life can be beyond doors and screens.

This vivid rhyming summer book can be used in speech therapy to address inferencing, predicting and figurative language. It is also great for illustration study, describing and for targeting /r/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Run Wild in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
adjectives
text features
phonological awareness

Vocabulary:

wild, sprout, chase, grab, ahead, squeaky, squish, squirm, fiddlehead, fern, beetle, brave, explore, shore, clam

Figurative Language:

idiom (run wild)
onomatopoeias
personification (sun’s gonna smile, sun won’t smile, rain dumps)

Grammar:

adjectives

Text Features:

change in text size
exclamation marks
question marks
ellipses
capitals

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do they feel about getting dirty and exploring in nature?
How does it feel to be “wild”?
How does he feel when it starts to pour?

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