speech and language teaching concepts for Scarecrow in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sk/ initial
/air/ medial
/kr/ medial
/r/ medial


life fulfillment

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary


By Cynthia Rylant

Scarecrows. They perch high above gardens and fields, with borrowed coats and button eyes and pie-pan hands that glint in the sun. What else is there to know about them? Perhaps more than we realize. Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant’s rich and poignant story, powerfully illustrated by Lauren Stringer, will resonate deeply in the hearts of readers, who just might find themselves seeing the world in a whole new way.

This humble fall book can be used in speech therapy to address themes of life fulfillment and happiness. It is also great for character analysis and for targeting inferencing as well as for mental state verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Scarecrow in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
verbs (mental state)

Character Analysis:

The scarecrow learns to appreciate his life and finds happiness in his job, the things he has seen, and those who visit him.


verbs (mental state)


What kind of personality does the scarecrow have?
What do the birds think about him?
What do you think he wonders about?
Why do you think he doesn’t care about being turned back into buttons and straw?
How does seeing all the things he’s seen make him feel?
How does he feel about the job he has done?
What do you think you want out of life?
What do you think about scarecrows life?

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