speech and language teaching concepts for The Pumpkin Book in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial

Themes:

pumpkins
Halloween

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Pumpkin Book

By Gail Gibbons

In this cheerfully-illustrated, simply-presented book, children can learn about the growth cycle and many varieties of pumpkins, and even how to plant their own.  Award-winning author Gail Gibbons also relates the special role pumpkins played in the first Thanksgiving, the history behind carving pumpkins into jack'o'lanterns, and how pumpkins are still part of our celebrations today.

This informative pumpkins and Halloween-themed book can be used in speech therapy to target how questions and sequencing. It is also great for targeting comparing and contrasting and illustration studyDiscover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Pumpkin Book in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence
nonfiction

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
text features
verbs (present tense)
adjectives
illustration study
sequencing
compare and contrast
how questions

Sequencing:

order of how a pumpkin is grown
order of how to carve a pumpkin

Vocabulary:

decorate, personalities, alike, varieties, soil, stored, circular, hills, room, soaked, sprout, coat, root, breaks, prickly, bloom, pollination, harvest

Grammar:

how questions- how to grow a pumpkin, how to carve a pumpkin, how to decorate a pumpkin, how pumpkins can be used
adjectives
verbs (present tense)
compare and contrast- varieties of pumpkins, and carved pumpkins vs. painted pumpkins

Text Features:

labels
diagrams
numbered how-to steps with pictures
captions

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