speech and language teaching concepts for The Snowman in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ initial (James)
/sn/ initial (snowman)
/m/ medial (snowman)

Themes:

snowmen

Book Details:

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

The Snowman

By Raymond Briggs

A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young ‘readers' will ever regret or forget.”–(starred) Booklist.

This snowman book is available in wordless format as well as with text. It can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, predicting and inferencing. It is also great for noticing illustrations! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Snowman in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode
wordless

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing​
illustration study​
inferencing​
predicting​
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (mental state)
prepositional phrases

Sequencing:

order of events from building the snowman to their adventure and the next day

Vocabulary:

glistening, brilliant, tangerine, gaze, clearing, parcel, soar, crept, amazed

Grammar:

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

Text Features:

(for text version)
ellipses
change in text size
italics

Inferencing:

How did James feel in bed?
Why did James tell the snowman to be quiet?
Why do you think the snowman was amazed by everything he saw?
How did James feel showing the snowman around?
Where do you think the snowman is taking James?
How did James feel while on their adventure?
How did he feel at the end?
What do you think he will do next time it snows?

Predicting:

What do you think his brilliant idea is?
What will he use for his snowman?
What do you think will happen to the snowman when James goes to bed?
What do you think they will do together?

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