using This Big Snow in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sn/
/er/

Themes:

winter
hibernation
animals

Book Details:

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

The Big Snow

By Berta Hader

The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. Come Christmastime, the wise owls were the first to see the rainbow around the moon. It was a sure sign that the big snow was on its way.

This classic winter book can be used in speech therapy to address the theme of hibernation. It is also great for targeting sequencing, figurative language, and sounds such as /sn/ and /er/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Big Snow in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
sequencing
figurative language
adjectives
verbs (actions)
verbs (present progressive)

Sequencing:

When the animals see the geese in the sky, some animals prepare to fly south while some plan to stay put.

Vocabulary:

harvest, ebbed, south, retire, sycamore, cedar, supply, browsed, dweller

Figurative Language:

personification (the animals have human-like qualities including having conversations and putting on their fur coats, moon bathes the hillside)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (actions)
verbs (present progressive)

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.