speech and language teaching concepts for The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ar/ initial
/l/ medial and final
/d/ final
/p/ medial
/tr/ initial

Themes:

fall
apples
STEM
changing seasons

Book Details:

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

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree

By Gail Gibbons

In bright illustrations and simple text, Arnold collects apple blossoms in spring, builds a treehouse in summer, makes apple pie and cider in the fall, and hangs strings of popcorn and berries for the birds in winter, among other seasonal activities. Includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works.

This evolving fall and apples book can be used in speech therapy to address nature during season changes and STEM concepts. It is also great for predicting and for sequencing as well as for /ar/, /l/, /d/, /p/ and /tr/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
sequencing​
illustration study​
predicting​
adjectives​
verbs (present tense)
text features

Sequencing:

order of actions Arnold takes during each season with the apple tree

Vocabulary:

direction, secret, buds, develop, nectar, blossoms, shelter, drift, bare

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

facts
recipe
diagram

Predicting:

What do you think Arnold will do with the tree house as the seasons change?
How do you think the tree will change?
What do you think he will do once it’s spring again?

If you are interested in seeing other apple-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Narrative Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.