speech and language teaching concepts for Tap the Magic Tree in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/tr/ initial
/l/ initial
/v/ medial
/z/ final

Themes:

interactive
apples

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Tap the Magic Tree

By Christie Matheson

It begins with a bare brown tree. But tap that tree, turn the page, and one bright green leaf has sprouted! Tap again—one, two, three, four—and four more leaves have grown on the next page. Pat, clap, wiggle, jiggle, and see blossoms bloom, apples grow, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze.

This fun interactive apples book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for predicting and for targeting action verbs as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Tap the Magic Tree in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing​
illustration study​
predicting​
adjectives
verbs (action)
phonological awareness​
text features

Sequencing:

order of tree changes through the seasons

Vocabulary:

magic, bare, bud, jiggle

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (swish, plop)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)

Text Features:

dashes
interactive
counting
ellipses
moving text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

What do you think will happen when we tap etc.?
How do you think the tree will change?

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.