using The Hike in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ final

Themes:

spring
nature
science
teamwork
appreciation

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Hike

By Alison Farrell

The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers who set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest. This spirited picture book is filled with lyrical language that captures the majesty of the natural world, coupled with a fun narrative.

• Features a glossary and scientific backmatter
• Includes a sketchbook by one of the characters that highlights discoveries the girls make along the trail
• Abundant labels throughout for learning about various plants and animals

The Hike celebrates how fun and rewarding it is to explore nature in your own backyard!

This vivid spring book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, predicting, adjectives and /k/ final sounds. It is also great for talking about nature, teamwork, and not giving up! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Hike in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
sequencing​
illustration study​
predicting
social/emotional
adjectives
text features

Sequencing:

order of animals and attractions seen on the hike

Vocabulary:

maniacs, flock, swarm, ripe, narrow, steep, narrow, on track, vanish, chirp, chatter, offer, release, invasive

Social/Emotional:

The group of friends work together to make it to the top of the mountain even when they think they are lost. They each point out different things and have different ways of enjoying the view from the top.

Text Features:

speech bubbles
sketches
facts

Predicting:

What do you think they will see on their hike?
What do you think they will do with their leaf baskets?
Where do you think they are trying to get to?
What do you think they will do when they reach the top?

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