speech and language teaching concepts for The Biggest Valentine Ever in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/v/ initial
/l/ initial
/kl/ initial
/z/ medial

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
teamwork

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Biggest Valentine Ever

By Steven Kroll

Clayton and Desmond are back in this companion to the bestselling book THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER! When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don't go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I'm going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff. But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

This creative book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like teamwork and kindness. It is also great for targeting problem solving and inferencing. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Biggest Valentine Ever in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
problem solving
character analysis
social/emotional
inferencing
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)

Vocabulary:

surprise, pasted, glared, sad, together, giant, delight

Character Analysis:

Clayton and Desmond put aside their differences and stubbornness and decide to work together to make the best and biggest valentine for Mrs. Mousely. They learn that they both have creative skills to offer.

Social/Emotional:

teamwork
kindness
friendship

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)

Inferencing:

How can you tell that the friends are sad?
What tells you that the mice are ready to work together again?
How can you tell that Mrs. Mousely loves her valentine?

Problem Solving:

The friends overcome their differences and decide to work together as a team to create the best and biggest valentine.

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.