speech and language teaching concepts for The Color Monster Goes to School in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial
/l/ medial
/st/ medial
/er/ final

Themes:

back to school

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Color Monster Goes to School

By Anna Llenas

The Color Monster feels a little nervous. Today is his first day at school . . . and he doesn't even have a clue what school is! But, guided by his young friend, the Color Monster has lots of new adventures and makes new friends — and looks forward to tomorrow.

This colorful back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like feeling mixed emotions and school expectations. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting sequencing as well as for predicting! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Color Monster Goes to School in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence​

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
illustration study​
inferencing​
social/emotional​
predicting​
text features​

Sequencing:

order of events and feelings at Monster’s first day of school

Social/Emotional:

Monster has mixed emotions about going to school as he doesn’t know what to expect. As the day goes on he starts to get the hang of things and his colors mellow out. Additionally, the students show Monster what is expected of him throughout each setting of their day.

Text Features:

capitals
dialogue
bold text
enlarged text

Inferencing:

What does Monster think about school?
What does she think about Monster’s things?
Why is Monster different colors?
How does Monster feel about going to school?
What does he think about Monster’s music?
What does the teacher think about Monster during story time?
How does Monster feel during story time with his mixed colors being more red?
What does the other student think about Monster during story time?
How do the other students feel during recess?
How does Monster feel if he is lighter colors?
How does the girl feel when Monster plays with his food?
What does Monster think when he gets called out for these things?
How do they feel about Monster at naptime?
How does Monster feel at the end?

Predicting:

What do you think is going to happen at school?
How might Monsters feelings about school change as the day goes on?
What do you think will happen at music?
What do you think will happen at story time?
What do you think will happen at recess?
What do you think Monster will do during lunch?
How do you think Monster will sleep?
How do you think Monster will feel about school at the end?

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