using The Very Impatient Caterpillar in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fl/ initial and medial
/er/ medial

Themes:

spring
change
nature
bugs
life cycle
science
perseverance

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Very Impatient Caterpillar

By Ross Burach

This clever send-up of every child's biggest challenge — being patient! — is a STEM-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy about metamorphosis. Ross Burach's hilarious, tongue-in-cheek exploration of metamorphosis will make you flutter with glee, while also providing real facts about how caterpillars transform into butterflies.

This quirky spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like patience, self-talk, and self-doubt. It is also great for noticing character expressions,  using varying tones of voice, targeting predicting, as well as /er/ and /fl/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Very Impatient Caterpillar in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
sequencing
social/emotional
text features

Sequencing:

order of events for a caterpillar to become a butterfly

Vocabulary:

metamorphosis, transform, butterfly, chrysalis, patience, nature, approach, grip, migrating

Social/Emotional:

The caterpillars try to transform into butterflies. One of them is unsure of what to do and tries to follow along, annoying the other caterpillar with his impatience and constant questions. The caterpillar comes out too early then tries to learn how to transform himself but his self-doubt creeps in. Finally, he perseveres and becomes a butterfly as he makes a promise to try to be more patient.

facial expressions
self-talk
self-doubt
patience

Text Features:

speech bubbles
large text
exclamation marks
capitals
exaggerated vowels
question and exclamation marks
thought bubbles

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