speech and language teaching concepts for Secrets of the Apple Tree in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial (look, light)
/t/ final
/k/ final
/s/ initial (see)

Themes:

apples

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Secrets of the Apple Tree

By Carron Brown

This beautifully illustrated book will introduce children to the joys of nature, and show them what wonderful secrets are revealed if you just look a little closer. By holding a light behind each page, children can see the creatures who make a tree their home, from the worms who live among the roots to the birds who nest high up in the branches. The clever see-through reading technique creates an experience of interactive learning, showing both the surface and what is hidden underneath at the same time.

This fun apples book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting. It is also great for describing and for targeting comparing and contrasting and prepositional phrases as well as for /l/, /t/, /k/ and /s/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Secrets of the Apple Tree in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence ​

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
illustration study​
figurative language
predicting​
adjectives
compare/contrast
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
prepositional phrases
text features​

Vocabulary:

bustling, fungi, bare, drift, soil, roots, toadstools, scurry, lizard, burrow, hatch, nectar, startled, racket, seeds, ripe

Figurative Language:

smilies (quick as a flash)
onomatopoeias (thump, tweet, buzz, shh, munch)

Grammar:

adjectives
compare/contrast
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

questions
change in text size
picture search (shine a flashlight to reveal whats hidden)

Predicting:

What do you think it looks like in the winter?
What do you think will happen to the tree from winter to spring?
Who do you think the bird is about to grab?
Who do you think is under the leaf pile?
Who do you think the tail belongs too?
Where do you think the rabbit is going?
What do you think is hiding on the bark?
What do you think is stopping the fly?
What do you think will happen to the fly?
Who do you think is going to eat the worm?
What do you think is hanging from the branch?
Who do you think is making so much noise?
Who do you think lives in this den?
Who do you think is eating the leaf?
What do you think is inside the apple?
What do you think happens to the apple seed that drop on the ground?

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