using Sadie and the Snowman in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sn/

Themes:

winter
perseverance

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Sadie and the Snowman

By Allen Morgan

As spring gets closer and closer, Sadie realizes that the snowmen she makes won't last much longer.

This heartfelt winter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like perseverance. It is also great for predicting and for targeting problem solving as well as for a variety of verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Sadie and the Snowman in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
problem solving
social/emotional
predicting
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (compound phrases)
adjectives (comparative)
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Sequencing:

sequence of rebuilding the snowman each time it melts

Vocabulary:

melt, raccoon, zucchini, licorice, peanut, raisins

Social/Emotional:

Sadie learns perseverance when she has to keep rebuilding her snowman. Additionally, her feelings toward him melting change from sadness and worry as she realizes she will see him again.

Grammar:

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (compound phrases)
adjectives (comparative)
complex sentence structure

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

multi-syllabic words
alliteration

Predicting:

How long do you think the snowman will last for?
What do you think she will do next time it snows?
What do you think she will use for time to rebuild the snowman?
What do you think will happen to each time she rebuilds it?
What will the animals do each time?
What will Sadie do when it starts to get warm?
How will she try to save the snowman?

Problem Solving:

Sadie’s snowman keeps melting and she has to find a way to keep her snowman all year long.

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