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

/th/ initial
/f/ initial


Being thankful for the big and the small things.

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary


By Elaine Vickers

When the first snow falls, a little girl writes down the things she’s thankful for on strips of paper and links them together. As one idea leads to another, her chain grows longer. There’s so much good in her life: a friend, things that are warm, things that are cold, color, things that can be fixed. This beautiful story is a much-needed reminder to observe and honor life’s small joys.

This wonderful Thanksgiving book can be used in speech therapy to discuss the big things and the small things that we can be thankful for. It is also great for targeting /th/, /f/ /or/ and for alliterations! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Thankful in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
phonological awareness


chains, poem, tuck, comforts, lead, laundry, moss, smooth, safe, ripped, ideas, connecting, quilt, links, stretch

Figurative Language:

simile (like a frame around a picture)



Phonological Awareness:



What do you think she is scared of?
How do you think she feels on the bus?
Why do you think she is thankful for each breath?
Why do you think her friend waits for her?
What is she trying her best at?
What does she think is a wonderful place?
Why do you think her dad is carrying her?
Why is she not thankful for wind and sand at the same time?


What do you think she will be thankful for in her own room?
What else do you think she will be thankful for?

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