using Ten Ways to Hear Snow in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sn/
/l/ initial
/s/ initial

Themes:

winter
family
helping others
appreciation
mindfulness
empathy

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Ten Ways to Hear Snow

By Cathy Camper

One winter morning, Lina wakes up to silence. It's the sound of snow — the kind that looks soft and glows bright in the winter sun. But as she walks to her grandmother's house to help make the family recipe for warak enab, she continues to listen. As Lina walks past snowmen and across icy sidewalks, she discovers ten ways to pay attention to what might have otherwise gone unnoticed. With stunning illustrations by Kenard Pak and thoughtful representation of a modern Arab American family from Cathy Camper, Ten Ways to Hear Snow is a layered exploration of mindfulness, empathy, and what we realize when the world gets quiet.

This touching winter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like positive perspectives and themes including family and helping others. It is also great for targeting figurative language including onomatopoeias and imagery! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Ten Ways to Hear Snow in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
adjectives
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Sequencing:

Lina describes ten ways to hear snow on her way to her grandmother’s house

Vocabulary:

muffled, sitti, habibti, whiskery, tracks, gentle, grape leaves, yalla, cocoons

Social/Emotional:

Why do you think she wants to go visit her grandmother?
What might it be like to lose your eyesight?
Do you think you would have a positive or negative outlook on life?

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias
imagery

Grammar:

adjectives

Text Features:

repetitive text
bold text

Phonological Awareness:

alliteration

Inferencing:

Why do you think Lina said the world sounded softer when she could barely see?
What does Lina think about all of these sounds?
How do they make her feel?
How does Sitti feel when Lina visits her?

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.