using The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial


St. Patrick’s Day

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School 

By Laura Murray

After a mischievous leprechaun makes a mess of the band room, the Gingerbread Man vows to catch him. He follows the leprechaun’s clues all around the building finding chaos everywhere–even in the library! But then he finds the worst clue of all. It says the leprechaun’s next target might be a house made of gingerbread! Luckily, the Gingerbread Man makes it to his classroom in time to set a trap for the leprechaun. He’ll show that mischief maker that he messed with the wrong cookie this time.

This clever rhyming spring and St. Patrick’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address problem solving, sequencing, and a variety of regular and irregular past tense verbs.  It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting /l/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study​​
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
text features
phonological awareness


order of leprechaun tricks


mischief, sly, keen, nimble, pest, woodwinds, percussion, brass, topsy-turvy, dismay, rascal, clever, frolic, tidy, capture, cheeky, chap, prowl, patrol, shamrocks, glance, retrieved, hijinks, avalanche, toppled, startled, sprang, peered, glint, grin


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Text Features:

speech bubbles
change in font
large text
moving text
bolded text

Phonological Awareness:



Where do you think the leprechaun will go next in the school?

Problem Solving:

The students and gingerbread man have to come up with a plan to catch the leprechaun.

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