speech and language teaching concepts for The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/t/ medial
/s/ final
/b/ initial

Themes:

bats

Book Details:

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

The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat

By Laurence Pringle

This gorgeous and lyrical picture book follows a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be a hunter, escape predators, and find a mate. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.

This nonfiction bats book can be used in speech therapy to address rich vocabulary. It is also great for inferencing and for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence
non fiction

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
inferencing​
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Vocabulary:

mammal, hollow, nursery colony, North America, abandoned, roost, echo location, ultrasounds, terminal buzz, vanishes, Tiger Moths, interfere, predators, alert, hibernation, dawn

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Inferencing:

Why do you think bats have wings and feet like that?
How could the mothers tell their bats apart from one another?
Why do you think they needed to find new homes?
Why do you think Otis is flying like that?
How does echo location help Otis?
What would happen if Otis didn’t have the echo location?
Why would a full moon be troublesome?

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