using The Golden Acorn in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ and /r/ blends
/l/

Themes:

fall
friendship
being a part of a team

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

The Golden Acorn

By Katy Hudson

Squirrel takes off at full speed through the autumn leaves. But pump the brakes, because this year The Golden Nut Hunt race it is a team event. Squirrel reluctantly enlists her friends and is not impressed. Squirrel must learn how to be a team player.

This energetic fall-themed picture book is a fun read full of expressive text features throughout. It is also great for addressing character analysis as well as social/emotional concepts such as, forgiveness and teamwork. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Golden Acorn in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
vocabulary​
problem solving
predicting​
character analysis​
sequencing​
inferencing​
social/emotional​
adjectives​
verbs (action)
verbs (linguistic)
text features​

Sequencing:

order of events that leads to Squirrel realizing the contest wasn’t any fun without her friends

Vocabulary:

strategy, trophy, annual, tangled, forest, lonely, etc.

Character Analysis:

Squirrel is proud and focused on winning, but realizes her friends are more important than obtaining another trophy for her collection.

Social/Emotional:

Squirrel’s reactions
body language
facial expressions
ways to act as a team

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

changes in font
text included in illustrations
ALL CAPS
repetitive text

Inferencing:

How do you think Squirrel feels about her trophies?
What can you tell about Squirrel’s personality based off of the items at home?
How did Squirrel feel about competing in a team?
Why do you think training didn’t work?
How would you describe Squirrel as a team member?
How does Squirrel feel every time she has to go back for her friends?
How do her friends feel when Squirrel keeps going ahead?
How did Squirrel feel handling the acorn?
What was Squirrel thinking as she looked at all the others?
What did Squirrel realize at the end?

Predicting:

How do you think this year will be different?
What do you think Squirrel will do to train them?
How do you think the training will go?
What do you think Squirrel will do when the others call for her?
What do you think Squirrel will keep doing?
What do you think will happen when Squirrel gets to the Golden Acorn?
Do you think she is really going to leave the acorn?

Problem Solving:

Squirrel is a dedicated competitor and has to learn how to work in a team, as well as the importance of friendship.

If you are interested in using The Golden Acorn in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

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