speech and language teaching concepts for stick man in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/st/
/air/
/f/ initial
/l/ medial
/tr/

Themes:

overcoming obstacles
perseverance
Christmas

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Stick Man

By Julia Donaldson

But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home. Lonely and lost, Stick Man wants nothing more than to be home with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home!

This sweet Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and inferencing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for illustration study! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Stick Man in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional concepts
predicting
verbs (linguistic)
text features
repetitive text
rhyming

Sequencing:

order of what Stick Man is used for

Vocabulary:

beware, fetch, deserted, mast, weary, tumbling

Character Analysis:

Stick Man remains determined to get back to his family tree despite all of the obstacles he faces.

Social/Emotional:

weariness
determination
perseverance
loneliness
helping others
facial expressions

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (linguistic)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

italics
ALL CAPS
repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Do you think the others understood Stick Man when he protested?
Why is Stick Man tired and weary?
How do you think Stick Man’s family feels?
How do you think Stick Man feels when he sees Santa?

Predicting:

Who do you think is coming down the chimney?
Where do you think Santa will take Stick Man?
What do you think the swan intends to do with Stick Man?

Problem Solving:

Stick Man is mistaken for many different objects and is taken further away from his family tree. How will Stick Man escape each situation and will he make it back to his family tree?

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