using Stick and Stone in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/st/

Themes:

kindness
friendship
bullying
sticking up for friends

Book Details:

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

Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry

When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, a friendship is born. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor?

This rhyming kindness-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like bullying, a variety of feelings and sticking up for your friends. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting predicting, inferencing, and the /st/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Stick and Stone in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text​​

Vocabulary:

lonely, alone, vanish, trick, wander, explore, laze, shore, hurricane, rescue, perfect ten

Social/Emotional:

Stick and Stone feel lonely before they find each other. As they spend time with each other, they learn that good friends do anything for each other like sticking up to bullies and helping weather the storm.

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeia (boom, cowabunga, ker-sploosh)

Text Features:

repetitive text​​
moving text
large text
capitals
speech bubbles
exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do you know stick and stone feel lonely and alone?
How did Stone feel when Pinecone came along?
How does Pinecone feel when Stick tells him to vanish?
How does Stone feel about Stick?
How do they feel about the hurricane?
What are Stick and Pinecone thinking in the wind?
How does Stone feel after he searches everywhere?
How does Stone feel when he sees Stick in the puddle?
What do they think about each other at the end?

Predicting:

What do you think Stick will do when he sees Stone at the park?
What do you think Stick will say to Pinecone?
What might they do together next?
What do you think will happen during the hurricane?
What do you think Stone will do to help Stick? What about Pinecone?
How do you think he will get Stick out of the puddle?