speech and language teaching concepts for the legend of spookley the square pumpkin in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sp/
/kl/
/p/ initial
/skw/
/air/

Themes:

Halloween
pumpkins
helping others
celebrating differences

Book Details:

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

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

By Joe Troiano

One day in the pumpkin patch the strangest little pumpkin hatched…. Spookley the Square Pumpkin was different. All the other pumpkins teased him, until Spookley proved that being different can save the day!

This pumpkin and Halloween-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like embracing what makes you unique. It is also great for addressing phonological awareness concepts, such as rhyming and alliteration. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

phonological awareness
verbs (regular past tense)
complex sentence structure
adjectives
prepositional phrases
adjectives (compound phrases)
vocabulary
social/emotional
theme/message
character analysis
illustration study

Vocabulary:

odd, rare, budge, discovered, fright, bay, teetered, capped, crop, fair, vines

Character Analysis:

Spookley was teased because he was different from all of the pumpkins. However, when the other pumpkins are in trouble, he finds a way to use his unique shape to save them.

Social/Emotional:

Notice the facial expressions.

teasing
feeling left out
being proud of your differences
helping others
being kind even if others are not kind to you
“don’t judge a book by its cover”

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

verbs (regular past tense)
complex sentence structure
adjectives
prepositional phrases
adjectives (compound phrases)

Text Features:

ellipsis
exclamation points

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming
alliterations

Inferencing:

what does “it all went black” mean?

Predicting:

when do you think it is better for a pumpkin to be square?

Problem Solving:

During a storm, all of the round pumpkins were rolling away and some rolled through a hole in the fence and into the bay. Spookley wedged his body to fill the hole to keep the round pumpkins safe in the patch.

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