speech and language teaching concepts for The Very Busy Spider in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial
/v/ initial
/sp/ initial
/r/ initial
/z/ medial/er/ medial and final



Book Details:

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

The Very Busy Spider

By Eric Carle

Early one morning a little spider spins her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!

This cute Spring, bugs, and spiders book can be used in speech therapy to target predicting and sequencing. It is also great for eliciting the following sounds: /r/, /sp/, /w/, /v/, /z/, and /er/.due to its repetitive text. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Very Busy Spider in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (action)
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
repetitive text


order of animals that approached the spider while she was spinning her web
order of events that led to her finishing her web


silky, thread, web, busy, spinning, caught, fly


verbs (action)
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

repetitive text


What is the spider doing with the silky thread?
What animal will ask the spider a question next?
Will the spider stop spinning the web?
What will the spider do when the web is finished?
What will happen to the fly?

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