speech and language teaching concepts for The Busy Tree in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/k/ final
/m/ initial
/tr/ initial
/th/ initial

Themes:

fall
life cycle

Book Details:

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

The Busy Tree

By Jennifer Ward

Spectacular illustrations rendered in oil paint, and a rhyming text that describes a tree's activities from its roots to its branches, introduce young readers to the amazing activities that go on in a tree. Acorns nibbled by chipmunks, ants scurrying across a trunk, a spider spinning a web, leaves “breathing out air for all to breathe in”–everything adds up to a “busy tree” for all to “come and see.”

This rhyming fall book can be used in speech therapy to address inferencing and life cycle. It is also great for describing and for targeting complex sentence structure as well as for /l/, /k/, /m/, /tr/ and /th/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Busy Tree in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
illustration study​
inferencing​
adjectives​
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
complex sentence structure
phonological awareness​

Vocabulary:

roots, anchor, acorns, chipmunks, trunk, scurry, dawn, eager, hollow, prowl, soar, cradle, hatchling, cocoon, moth, emerge, boughs

Grammar:

adjectives​
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
complex sentence structure 

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do you think the tree is busy?
How do you think the tree is useful for the plants and animals around it?

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