using Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:




Book Details:

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

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep

By Maureen Wright

It’s time for Big Bear to hibernate, so Old Man Winter keeps telling him: “Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep.” But Big Bear doesn’t hear very well. He thinks Old Man Winter has told him to drive a jeep, to sweep, and to leap. Big Bear just can’t seem to hear what Old Man Winter is saying. Finally, Old Man Winter finds a noisy way to get Big Bear’s attention.

This silly winter book can be used in speech therapy to address verbs including: actions, regular past tense, linguistic, and mental state. It is also great for prediction, sequencing and for targeting /air/ and /sl/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Sleep Big Bear, Sleep in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)
phonological awareness


sequence of events that leads to Big Bear falling asleep


spied, countryside, south, den, dell, shore, steep, trudged, lumbered

Figurative Language:

personification (Old Man Winter speaks to Big Bear)


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

repetitive text
bold text
large font
all caps

Phonological Awareness:



How do the countrymen feel when Big Bear is driving?
How do you think Old Man Winter feels each time Big Bear doesn’t hear him?
Why does Old Man Winter want bear to go to sleep so badly?
How do you think Big Bear will feel after he climbs the mountain?
How do Old Man Winter’s feelings change? How do you know?


What do you think Old Man Winter will tell Big Bear to do next?
What do you think Big Bear will hear next?

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.