speech and language teaching concepts for The Little Scarecrow Boy in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial and medial
/sk/ initial
/r/ medial
/kr/ medial
/f/ initial
/s/ final

Themes:

fall
bravery
scarecrow
perseverance

Book Details:

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

The Little Scarecrow Boy

By Margaret Wise Brown

With words by the renowned Margaret Wise Brownand illustrations by David Diaz, this treasured picture book tells the tale of a little scarecrow boy and the lessons he learns from his scarecrow father about the worlduntil he decides to test his knowledge and himself. This tender and funny story celebrates the tradition of passing knowledge from one generation to the next, and the exuberance of reaching one’s potential.

This sweet fall book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like bravery and perseverance. It is also great for inferencing and describing as well as for targeting character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Little Scarecrow Boy in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message​
character analysis​
illustration study​
inferencing​
predicting​
adjectives
verbs (action)
text features​

Character Analysis:

The little scarecrow wants to go out on his own and try his fierce faces. Even when he is told no, he finds another way and doesn’t give up until he uses all six of his faces.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)

Text Features:

change in text size
ellipses
dashes
capitals

Inferencing:

How do you think he felt when he was told no?
How do you think he felt as he was growing?
How do you think Old Man Scarecrow felt teaching his son?
Why do you think he needs to keep learning the fierce faces?
Why do you think he needed to sneak out of the house?
How do you think he feels when his faces don’t work?

Predicting:

What do you think his dad will say to him?
What do you think will happen when he goes out on his own?
What do you think will happen on his sixth face?
What do you think his dad will say to him now?​

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