speech and language teaching concepts for The Hallo-Wiener in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/er/
/s/ medial

Themes:

Halloween
bullying
kindness
courage
acceptance

Book Details:

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

The Hallo-Wiener

By Dave Pilkey

Oscar is a little dog with a big problem — he gets more tricks than treats because other dogs tease him all the time. But one brave act on Halloween makes Oscar a Grade-A hero, proving that a little wiener can be a real winner!

This is the perfect book to use at Halloween time when working on character analysis, social-emotional concepts like bullying. High frequency sounds like medial /s/ and final /er/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Hallo-Wiener in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
predicting
social/emotional concepts

Sequencing:

order of events on Halloween night

Vocabulary:

dashed, hounded, ornery, ghastly, brave, shore, unusual

Character Analysis:

Oscar was teased because of his size and shape, however he earned the favor of his friends by helping them.

Social/Emotional:

notice facial expressions and body language
discuss being proud of who you are

Oscar was teased.
Oscar was embarrassed.
Oscar wanted to please his mother.
Oscar helped the other dogs even though they were unkind to him.

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (actions)
verbs (linguistic)
adverbs
prepositional phrases
synonyms for hot dogs

Text Features:

text in illustrations
use of all CAPS for emphasis
italics
quotation marks
exclamation points to show emphasis
dialogue

Inferencing:

Why did the other dogs laugh when Oscar left home for school?
Why do you think Oscar’s mom was so excited for Oscar to wear the hot-dog bun?
How do you think Oscar felt when he was left behind?
How do you think Oscar felt when he arrived to houses and the candy was already gone?
Why do you think Oscar is helping the other dogs?
Why do you think the dogs began to treat Oscar differently after he helped them?

Predicting:

Why do you think Oscar was daydreaming about Halloween?
What costume do you think Oscar’s mom made?
What do you think the other dogs will think of Oscar’s costume?
What do you think is making that sound?
What do you think will happen to the dogs?
Who is acting like a monster?

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

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