speech and language teaching concepts for The Scarecrow's Hat in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/th/ initial
/sh/ initial
/ch/ initial
/k/ medial
/s/ final

Themes:

fall
animals

Book Details:

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

The Scarecrow’s Hat

By Ken Brown

Chicken really admires Scarecrow's straw hat. Scarecrow would gladly trade his hat for a walking stick to rest his tired arms. Chicken doesn't have a walking stick to trade—but she knows someone who does. Author-illustrator Ken Brown pairs vivid, realistic watercolors with an inventive plot, engaging sequencing, and repetition to tell a charming circular story packed with relatable themes of friendship, bartering, and problem-solving. This award-winning title is an ideal story time choice for autumn and harvest themes.

This fun fall book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and inferencing. It is also great for describing and for targeting complex sentence structure and conjunctions as well as for /th/, /s/, /ch/, /k/ and /sh/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Scarecrow's Hat in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving​
sequencing​
illustration study​
inferencing​
predicting
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
complex sentence structure
conjunctions
who questions
what questions
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of animals and items asked and gathered to get Scarecrow a walking stick

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
complex sentence structure
conjunctions
who questions
what questions

Text Features:

repetitive text

Inferencing:

Why do you think Chicken wants Scarecrow’s hat?
Why do you think Scarecrow would rather have a walking stick?
Why do you think his arms are tired?
Why do you think Badger wants a ribbon?
Why do you think Crow would rather have some wool?
Why do you think Sheep wants glasses?
Why do you think Sheep is afraid of the wolf?
Why do you think Owl wants a blanket?
Why do you think Owl is sleepy?
How is Donkey feeling?
Why do you think Donkey wants feathers?

Predicting:

What do you think each animal will want in exchange?
Who do you think has a walking stick?
Who do you think has a ribbon?
Who do you think has wool?
Who do you think has glasses?
Who do you think has a blanket?
Who do you think has feathers?
What do you think Chicken will do next? And after that?
What do you think Chicken will do when he finally gets the hat?

Problem Solving:

Chicken gets Scarecrow a walking stick by making deals with the other animals to get them what they want.

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.