speech and language teaching concepts for The Pigeon Has To Go To School! in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sk/ initial
/l/ final

Themes:

back to school
self-doubt

Book Details:

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

The Pigeon Has To Go To School!

By Mo Willems

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

This emotion filled back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like having self-doubt. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for predicting as well as for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Pigeon Has To Go To School! in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
character analysis​
illustration study​
inferencing​
social/emotional​
predicting​
text features​

Vocabulary:

title, school, worry, excuses, practice, experts

Character Analysis:

Pigeon is worried about feeling inadequate at school and makes excuses to not have to go to school. In the end, he realizes that school is there to help us practice our skills and that we don’t have to know everything.

Social/Emotional:

Pigeon learns that his self-doubt is getting in the way of him trying something new like going to school.

facial expressions

Text Features:

italics
dashes
ellipses
capitals
bolded text
parenthesis
moving text
question marks
speech bubbles
change in text size
exclamation marks

Inferencing:

Why do you think Pigeon doesn’t want us to read the title?
How does Pigeon feel about going to school?
What do you see by his facial expressions and body language that tells you so?
Why do you think he doesn’t want to go to school?
What can we infer about Pigeon’s personality so far?
Why do you think he wishes he was a little chick again?
Why do you think Pigeon keeps making all of these excuses?
What do you think Pigeon is really worried about?

Predicting:

Do you think Pigeon knows so much that he doesn’t have to go to school?
What do you think Pigeon is like in the morning?
What do you think could happen when Pigeon goes to school?
Do you think he could change his mind about it?
How do you think Pigeon will get to school?

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