speech and language teaching concepts for the biggest pumpkin ever in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kl/
/p/ initial

Themes:

Halloween
pumpkins

Book Details:

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

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

By Steven Kroll

Desmond and Clayton must work together to win the Biggest Pumpkin competition, in this popular bestselling picture book. Once there were two mice who fell in love with the same pumpkin….Desmond the field mouse wants to carve the biggest jack-o'-lantern in the neighborhood with his pumpkin. Clayton the house mouse wants to win the Biggest Pumpkin contest with his. But when they discover that their choice pumpkins are actually the same one, Desmond and Clayton decide to work together to grow the biggest pumpkin ever!

This sweet Halloween and pumpkins book can be used in speech therapy to address grammar concepts, such as verbs and adjectives. It is also great for sequencing the steps Desmond and Clayton took to care for the pumpkin. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Biggest Pumpkin Ever in speech therapy below:Β 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
adjectives (superlative)
adjectives
prepositional phrases
problem solving

Sequencing:

order of steps Desmond and Clayton took to care for the pumpkin

Vocabulary:

grand prize, contest, discovered, fertilizer, mixture, shrugged, enormous, luck, skill, admire, worry, frost, danger, peered

Grammar:

verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
adjectives (superlative)
adjectives
prepositional phrases

Problem Solving:

Clayton and Desmond each want to win the award for growing the biggest pumpkin, so they each work hard to grow a pumpkin that they find in a garden.
Clayton and Desmond discover that they have been nurturing the same pumpkin. Once the pumpkin is very big, it is too big for them to carry. They have to find a way to get the pumpkin to town for the pumpkin contest.

If you are interested in seeing other Halloween and pumpkins books to use in therapy, then check out theΒ Seasonal Narrative Teaching Points Book ListΒ for a printable copy.Β