using The Earth Book in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/er/ initial
/th/ final

Themes:

spring
Earth Day
love
global warming
climate change
recycling
food shortages
pollution
deforestation
reduce, reuse, recycle
positive change

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

The Earth Book

By Todd Parr

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuring a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good – from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.

This heartfelt spring and Earth Day book can be used in speech therapy to address themes of recycling, climate change, saving energy, pollution and positive change. It is also great for targeting complex sentence structure with conjunctions and a variety of verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Earth Book in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
verbs (action)
verbs (mental state- want, remember)
verbs (emotion- love)
complex sentence structure
conjunctions (because, while, and)​​

Vocabulary:

earth, difference, faucet, less, ocean, air, leftovers, enough, energy, polar bears, recycle, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic, healthy

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (mental state- want, remember)
verbs (emotion- love)
complex sentence structure
conjunctions (because, while, and)

Text Features:

ellipses
interior gatefold with a poster with tips/reminders on how kids can “go green” everyday

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