speech and language teaching concepts for Trick or Treat Crankenstein in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kr/ intial
/st/ medial

Themes:

Halloween
feelings/emotions

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Trick or Treat, Crankenstein

By Samantha Berger

This year, Crankenstein's favorite day of all—Halloween—has gone rotten! Creepy-cool costumes, super-scary jack-o'-lanterns, and loads of candy have been RUINED by costume disasters, pumpkin-carving nightmares, and a terribly untimely toothache! MEHHRRRR!!! Can Halloween be saved, or will today turn into the crankiest Halloween in history?

This cute Halloween-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like disappointment when things don't go as expected. It is also great for noticing text features and illustrations! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Trick or Treat, Crankenstein in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
sequencing
text features
social/emotional
predicting

Sequencing:

order of things that went wrong on Halloween

Vocabulary:

waterproof, stash, challenging, supposed, carving, planned, startled, sneaks, favorite, familiar, crankier

Social/Emotional:

disappointment
frustration
sad
angry

Discuss what to do if things don’t go as expected.
Discuss feelings that you might feel when things don’t go as expected.
How would you feel if someone laughed at you?
What do you think Crankenstein’s brother should have done when he saw Crankenstien’s costume?
What do you think Crankenstein’s brother should have done when Crankenstein got rained on?
How would you feel if you got a toothbrush while you were out trick-or-treating?
How would you feel if someone took candy from your stash?
What do you think Crankenstein’s brother should have done instead of taking from his brother?
How did Crankenstein’s friends help him to feel better?

Figurative Language:

symbolism
onomatopoeias

Text Features:

ALL CAPS
question marks
large font
animated font
use of periods
ellipsis

Inferencing:

How might a toothache make eating challenging?
Why is Crankenstein’s costume not waterproof?
How did Crankenstein hope Halloween would go?

Predicting:

What else do you think will happen that will make Crankenstein cranky?
Who do you think is at the door?
How do you think Crankenstein will feel about his friend dressing up like him?
What else could be better than your friend dressing up like you for Halloween?

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