speech and language teaching concepts for School's First Day of School in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sk/ initial
/k/ initial


back to school

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

School’s First Day of School

By Adam Rex

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

This thoughtful back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance. It is also great for inferencing and for targeting personification as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using School's First Day of School in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
figurative language
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)


foundation, brick, Janitor, buff, imagine, gasped, agreement, sagged, fire alarm, luck

Character Analysis:

School figures out his purpose throughout the day and has to learn how to appreciate the students being there. Though jealous and mean at times, he realizes in the end that he really is quite lucky.


The school and the kids adjust to being there after a summer break away and exhibit a wide range of emotions.

Figurative Language:

personification of the school


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)


What does the school think about it’s name?
Why do you think he is seeing his name for the first time?
How does Janitor feel about his job?
Why does he like when it’s just the “two” of them?
What did the school think when all the children came back?
Why did the school not know what the jungle gym was for?
Why did the school sag a little?
Why do you think the little girl didn’t want to come in at all?
How does the school feel about himself?
How would you describe the school’s personality when he responds to the small girl?
Why do you think the school was tense and was just starting to relax?
Why is he saying sorry?
How did the school feel about being covered in nose milk?
Why do you think he wants the little freckled girl to come back?
What do you think school learned about himself?

If you are interested in using School’s First Day of School in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

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