speech and language teaching concepts for the ninth night of hanukkah in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

n (medial)
k (medial)
f (initial)

Themes:

Hanukkah
creativity
sharing
teamwork

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Ninth Night of Hanukkah

By Erica S. Perl

It’s Hanukkah, and Max and Rachel are excited to light the menorah in their family’s new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing. So now they have no menorah, candles, dreidels, or, well, anything! Luckily, their neighbors are happy to help, offering thoughtful and often humorous stand-in items each night. And then, just as Hanukkah is about to end, Max and Rachel, inspired by the shamash (“helper”) candle, have a brilliant idea: they’re going to celebrate the Ninth Night of Hanukkah as a way to say thanks to everyone who’s helped them!

This sweet Hanukkah book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like teamwork, overcoming disappointment, and sharing family traditions. This book also has repetitive text, which is great for students targeting initial /f/, medial /k/, and medial /n/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Ninth Night of Hanukkah in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episodes

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
problem solving
sequencing
social/emotional concepts
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (actions)
text features
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of missing items
order of replacement celebratory items
order of Hanukkah night events

Vocabulary:

menorah, decorate, convinced, discovered, miracle, sing-along

Social/Emotional:

teamwork
sharing
disappointment
finding the positive despite disappointment
family traditions
neighborly relationships

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

change in font color
change in font
exclamation points
question marks
ALL CAPS
repetitive text

Problem Solving:

Rachel and Max’s family can’t find their box of Hanukkah items, so they improvise with what they have and celebrate.

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