using The Earth Gives More in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

​/er/ initial
/th/ final
/or/ medial


Earth Day
changing seasons
protecting the earth

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

The Earth Gives More

By Sue Fliess

From leaves falling to become fertilizer, to raindrops helping to bring plants to life in the spring, the cycle of every season has something to enjoy. While delighting in all nature has to offer, we need to remember to respect and treasure the world around us. This charming rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be good stewards to the Earth.

This sensory language filled spring and Earth Day book can be used in speech therapy to address figurative language, sequencing, and action verbs. It is also great for targeting /r/ vocalic and /th/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Earth Gives More in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

figurative language 

verbs (action)
phonological awareness


order of what the earth has to offer during each season


feel, breathe, fresh, helping hand, give, change, heap, feed, chatter, scatter, bundle, sail, glide, forage, hibernate, power, distant, shoots, bloom, sow, surprise, thrive, guard, respect, befriend, protect, special, offer

Figurative Language:

sensory language
similes (bundle like a polar bear)
personification (snowflakes ride the winter breeze, sunbeams stretch)


verbs (action)

Text Features:

repetitive text (the Earth gives more)

Phonological Awareness:


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.