speech and language teaching concepts for The Biggest Apple Ever in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial
/g/ medial and final
/st/ final
/d/ initial and final
/kl/ initial
/or/ initial
/ch/ medial
/er/ medial

Themes:

fall
apples
teamwork
friendship
sharing

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Biggest Apple Ever

By Steven Kroll

As another year at Mouseville School begins, the students will be learning all about apples–starting with a contest to find the biggest one ever! As usual, Clayton the town mouse and Desmond the country mouse are each eying the prize. But when they can't find the biggest apple, even after they decide to work together, will they just give up? Or do they have another trick up their sleeves?

This clever fall and apples book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like teamwork, being ok with not winning, and sharing. It is also great for inferencing and for targeting mental state verbs as well as for problem solving! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Biggest Apple Ever in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
problem solving
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
text features

Social/Emotional:

Desmond and Clayton are competitive at first but soon realize that it’s ok if they don’t have the biggest apple for the contest and team up to give their class a surprise.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (mental state)

Text Features:

thought bubbles
dialogue
italics

Inferencing:

Why do you think Clayton sneaked to see what Penelope and James were up to?
What Clayton and Desmond think about Penelope and James’s apples?
How did they feel when they realized they had seen bigger apples at the market?
Why do you think no one else had brought in anything?
What do you think Clayton and Desmond thought when their teacher said they were going to the Orchard?
What do you think about Clayton and Desmond’s personalities?
How do you think Clayton and Desmond felt when they saw the apple James got?
What do you think they were thinking when they looked at each other?
What do you think about Clayton’s personality now?
What do you they think about the apple pie idea?
How did Clayton feel when they got to Tony’s Pizza if he gasped?
Why do you think they grinned before the pie came in?
How did they all feel at the end?

Predicting:

Where do you think they will find the biggest apple ever?
What do you think will happen at the Orchard?
What do you think will happen when Clayton goes to get his apple?
What do you think they could do if they both want the same apple?
What do you think they will do now?
Where do you think they are going with all the ingredients?
What do you think the others will think about their pie?

Problem Solving:

Desmond and Clayton work together to try to find the biggest apple and come up with another plan.

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