speech and language teaching concepts for Turkey Trick or Treat in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/pl/ initial
/tr/ initial
/k/ initial, medial and final
/st/ medial and final
/er/ medial and final
/j/ initial (Joan, just)
/l/ medial and final
/or/ medial (trick-or-treat)
/f/ initial



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

Turkey Trick or Treat

By Wendi Silvano

Everyone loves Halloween candy―even Turkey. But how can he and his barnyard friends get any when the farmers give it out only to children? With a costume, of course! As his pals look on, Turkey comes up with one clever costume after the next. Each trick gets better and better…but will Turkey and his friends end up with any treats?

This hilarious Halloween book can be used in speech therapy to target predicting. This book is also great for sequencing, problem solving and targeting a variety of verbs, as well as /pl/, /tr/, /k/, /st/, /er/, /j/, /l/, or/ and /f/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Turkey Trick or Treat in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving    ​
illustration study     ​
figurative language
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
text features​
phonological awareness
repetitive text


order of costumes Turkey tries to disguise himself in
order of farmer’s houses he goes to that leads him to Mrs. Mayberry’s


full, crisp, spooky, uderly, unfair, grunt, disguise, costume, shiver, pirouette, groan, moan, swashbuckled, zoom, exclaim, marvelous

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (plip, plop, ding, dong)
idioms/puns (see through this, boo-ting you out, tutu much, can’t hook me)


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

repetitive text
moving text
exaggerated sounds

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think they are going to do to get some treats?
What costumes do you think Turkey will make?
How do you think he will make himself into a ghost, ballerina, etc.?
Do you think his costume will work? Why or why not?
What do you think they can do since Farmer Ben didn’t believe his costume?
Who’s house do you think he will go to next?
Which costume do you think will work at the end?
Who do you think will fall for his trick?
What do you think they will do once they get candy?

Problem Solving:

The animals think it’s unfair that they can’t trick or treat too so they come up with a plan to dress Turkey up in disguise. The problem is Turkey has a hard time tricking his neighbors until he finds just the right one.

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

If you are interested in using Turkey Trick or Treat and other Halloween- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion.