speech and language teaching concepts for the gingerbread man loose on the firetruck in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ initial “gingerbread”
/er/ medial
/br/

Themes:

community helpers
fire safety

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Gingerbread Man Loose On The Firetruck

By Laura Murray

A visit to a fire station is always fun, but it's even more exciting when the Gingerbread Man comes along! Guess who gets to go along on a field trip to the firehouse? The Gingerbread Man! But when he falls out of his classmate's pocket, Spot the Dalmatian comes sniffing around. Luckily, this Gingerbread Man is one smart cookie, and he races into the fire truck, up the pole, and all through the station, staying one step ahead of the hungry dog the whole time.

Then an emergency call comes in and the Gingerbread Man knows just what to do:
“I’ll ride to the rescue, as fast as I can. I want to help, too! I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

This cute firefighter-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address rhyming and alliterations. It is also great for noticing text features, symbolism, and illustration study! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Gingerbread Man Loose On The Firetruck in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
vocabulary
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
onomatopoeias
predicting
text features
adjectives
prepositional phrases
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
phonological awareness
rhyming
alliteration

Vocabulary:

erupted, demonstration, jostled, snout, notice, dashed, delay, shimmied, rescue

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias
symbolism (the dashes around the firefighters to represent urgency, large exclamation points, and large question marks)

“like a rodeo bull”

Grammar:

adjectives
prepositional phrases
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

graphic novel
change in font
change in font size and color
speech bubbles
labeling

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming
alliterations

Inferencing:

How do you think the gingerbread man felt when he was told that they were not going to leave him?
How do you think the gingerbread man felt when he landed on the dog’s snout?
What do you think the dog was feeling when the gingerbread man landed on him?
Why do you think the gingerbread man hid in the fire truck?
What do you think the classmates thought when they saw the gingerbread man zooming away?

Predicting:

What do you think the gingerbread man will do after he lands on Spot’s snout?
Where do you think the gingerbread man will go next?
Why did the gingerbread man look down the hole?
Why do you think someone should help the gingerbread man hold the hose?
Where do you think the gingerbread will go next?

Problem Solving:

Gingerbread Man visited the fire station, but then encountered Spot the Dalmatian. He had to find a way to escape.

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