speech and language teaching concepts for the snow dancer in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends
/f/ medial
/s/ initial

Themes:

winter

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

The Snow Dancer

By Addie Boswell

Young dancer Sofia wakes up to a quiet, white world―it’s a snow day! She makes her way outside to the neighborhood park, where a field awaits her, white and shining and open. It isn’t long before the rest of the neighborhood wakes its sleepy head―and the other kids make their way to the park, scattering all of Sofia’s beautiful silence. But with the help of a new young friend, Sofia is ready to show everyone what a snow dancer can do on a perfect day like this. With lyrical language and gorgeous art, this book sparkles with all the joy and beauty of a snow day.

This fun winter book can be used in speech therapy to address onomatopoeias and imagery. It is also full of prepositional phrases and verbs, including regular past tense, irregular past tense, and present progressives. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Snow Dancer in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
character analysis
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional concepts
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
prepositional phrases
text features

Vocabulary:

tugged, disappeared, gleamed, patterns

Character Analysis:

Sofia is excited about a snow day and loves to dance. She danced through her snow-covered neighborhood until she found “the perfect stage.” She remained positive and have fun when other kids came and played on “the stage.” She even invited a curious little girl to join her in dancing all over the snow-covered soccer field.

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
body language
making a new friend
fun
imagination

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias
imagery- referring to the snow-covered soccer field as her stage

Grammar:

verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

change in font for onomatopoeias
change in text size
ellipsis
exclamation points

Inferencing:

How do you think the little girl felt when Sofia invited her to join?
How do you think the Sofia feel when she was hit by a snowball?

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

Problem Solving: