speech and language teaching concepts for The Scarecrow in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends (Scarecrow, sleep, stay, stars etc. )
/r/ blends (creatures, crow, friends, grow etc.)
/r/ vocalic (Scarecrow, arm, farm, heart etc.)

Themes:

fall
kindness
friendship
loneliness
scarecrows

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Scarecrow

By Beth Ferry

This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others—a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come. Bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers (The Night Gardener) present a gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share. All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing.…He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

This emotional and impactful fall book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like friendship and kindness. It is also great for noticing character expressions and body language and for targeting the figurative language concepts of hyperbole and personification. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Scarecrow in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
problem solving
character analysis
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
phonological awareness 

Vocabulary:

woodland, nestling, perch, fledging, caws, swoops, matted, due

Character Analysis:

Scarecrow is lonely as the other animals are scared of him. When the baby crow falls near Scarecrow, he decides to take care of it, even though he is there to scare the crows away. Their friendship grows and when Crow leaves Scarecrow is left on his own during the winter. In the spring, Crow returns and brings some friends with him to lift Scarecrow’s spirits.

Social/Emotional:

The other animals don’t give Scarecrow a chance to be their friend based on his outward appearance. When Scarecrow opens up and cares for Crow, their bond grows together with feelings of love and friendship as opposed to loneliness.

Figurative Language:

hyperbole
personification of the scarecrow

Grammar:

subject pronoun (He)

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Why do you think no one dares to enter?
What do the animals think about Scarecrow?
What do you think Scarecrow was thinking if he snapped his pole and bent down to get the baby crow?
Why do you think Scarecrow sings him a lullaby?
How does their friendship help them forget who they really are? Why is this important?
How do you think Scarecrow feels as he watches crow go?
How does Scarecrow feel in the winter?
How do Scarecrow and Crow feel when Crow visits next?
Why do you think the other Crow come?

Problem Solving:

Scarecrow helps the baby crow. Crow helps Scarecrow in return.

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.