using The Snowy Day in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sn/

Themes:

winter

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

The Snowy Day

By Ezra Jack Keats

In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. Universal in its appeal, this story beautifully depicts a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The quiet fun and sweetness of Peter’s small adventures in the deep, deep snow is perfect for reading together on a cozy winter day.

This playful winter book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for inferencing and for targeting /sn/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Snowy Day in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
adjectives

Sequencing:

order of ways that Peter enjoys the first snowfall

Vocabulary:

piled, path, tracks, smacking, plop, yet, heaping

Grammar:

adjectives

Inferencing:

How did he feel when he couldn’t play with the big boys?
Why do you think he made a smiling snowman?
How do you think he will feel when he goes to get the snowball from his pocket?
What does his mother think about his adventure?
What could he be thinking about in the bathtub?
What could he be thinking about when he is dreaming?
How does he feel when he sees new snow falling?

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.