speech and language teaching concepts for Snowflake Bentley in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ medial
/sn/ initial
/fl/ medial
/kr/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Snowflake Bentley

By Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Wilson Bentley was always fascinated by snow. In childhood and adulthood, he saw each tiny crystal of a snowflake as a little miracle and wanted to understand them. His parents supported his curiosity and saved until they could give him his own camera and microscope. At the time, his enthusiasm was misunderstood. But with patience and determination, Wilson cataloged hundreds of snowflake photographs, gave slideshows of his findings and, when he was 66, published a book of his photos. His work became the basis for all we know about beautiful, unique snowflakes today. This biographical tribute to a very special farmer is the perfect holiday gift or snow day read.

This winter-themed book is great for character study as it is a biography non-fiction story of Wilson Bentley. It is also great for Tier 2 vocabulary and a variety of grammar concepts! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Snowflake Bentley in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episodes
biography non-fiction

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (regular past tense)
character analysis
complex sentence structure
prepositional phrases


savings, common, intricate, lantern, microscope, save, pelted, patterns, copies, imagined, designs, crystals, photograph, fussing, failures, quit, studied, twitched, dew-covered

Character Analysis:

Bentley loves snow and spends his whole life studying it. He demonstrates perseverance and determination each year as he experiences disappointment and failure at capturing the delicate, unique structure of snow in photos. He is eventually successful and very proud, and excited to show off the images. The disinterest of others does not stop Wilson’s fascination of snow and his desire to share the beauty of snow to the world.

Figurative Language:

similes (snow was as beautiful as butterflies)


complex sentence structure
prepositional phrases
verbs (regular past tense)


Why can’t Wilson save snowflakes?
How do you think Wilson will be able to share snowflakes with others?
Why would a camera with a microscope help Wilson?
Why do you think Wilson’s parents thought it was foolishness for Wilson to study snow?
Why do you think Wilson’s parents spent their savings on the camera?
What else do you think the Wilson’s could have used their savings for?
How do you think Wilson felt when he got the camera as a present?
How do you think Wilson felt when the winter season had finished and he still didn’t have success with the photographs?
Why do you think Wilson’s neighbors didn’t care about his pictures of snowflakes?
How does Wilson demonstrate perseverance and determination?
Why do you think Wilson’s neighbors and other townsfolk changed their mind about Wilson’s love for snow?

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