speech and language teaching concepts for The Biggest Best Snowman in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial and final
/n/ initial
/sn/ initial
/b/ initial
/g/ final
/r/ vocalic (reindeer, hare, bear) 

Themes:

snowmen
self-confidence
teamwork

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

The Biggest, Best Snowman

By Margery Cuyler

Thinking she is too small to do anything in her family of big people, little Nell gets the help of her friends Reindeer, Hare, and Bear Cub in building an enormous snowman.

This cute snowmen book can be used in speech therapy to address themes of self-confidence and teamwork. It is also great for sequencing, describing with adjectives and regular past tense verbs and for inferencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Biggest, Best Snowman in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message​
character analysis​
sequencing​
inferencing​
figurative language​
predicting​
adjectives​
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
text features​

Sequencing:

order of building the snowman

Vocabulary:

blustery, bare, nudge, fetch, gaze, creation

Character Analysis:

Little Nell isn’t taken seriously but that all changes when her family sees her BIG accomplishment.

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

adjectives​
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic) 

Text Features:

capitals
dashes
exclamation marks

Inferencing:

How did Little Nell feel when they said she couldn’t help?
Why do you think they won’t let her help?
What does she think when they want to build a snowman?
Why does she think that?
How does she feel when it is complete?
What do they think when she takes them to the snowman?
How has Little Nell changed?
How has Mama’s view of Little Nell changed?

Predicting:

What do you think will happen when she goes in the woods?
Who will help next?
What do they need to make next?
How do you think they will make the face?
What do you think they will say when they see the snowman?

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