speech and language teaching concepts for The Rabbit Listened in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial (feel)
/l/ initial (listened

Themes:

kindness
friendship
feelings

Book Details:

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

The Rabbit Listened

By Cori Doerrfeld

When something sad happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that's not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to act, and one by one they fail to offer comfort. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen . . . which is just what Taylor needs. With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustration, The Rabbit Listenedย is about how to comfort and heal the people in your life, by taking the time to carefully, lovingly, gently listen.

This heartwarming book about kindness can be used in speech therapy to address friendship and feelings. The following sounds can also be target through this book: /f/ and /l/. Discover more of the speech and language teachingย concepts for using The Rabbit Listenedย in speech therapy below:ย 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
sequencing
illustration study
social/emotional
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
text features
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of events of each animal that told him how to cope with his sadness

Vocabulary:

new, special, proud, feel, alone, listened

Social/Emotional:

kindness
friendship
different ways to feel/react
Taylor learns the value in having a friend that just simply listens.

Grammar:

verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)

 

Text Features:

repetitive text