speech and language teaching concepts for Under Ground in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/gr/ initial
/z/ final



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

Under Ground

By Denise Fleming

Discover the down and dirty secrets of underground creatures in this vibrant picture book from a Caldecott Honor medalist. What young child doesn’t love playing in the dirt? And who hasn’t wondered what goes on in the lives of all the creatures who live underground?
Celebrated Caldecott Honor medalist Denise Fleming applies her signature bold and bright pulp-paper-collage style to a universal childhood topic in this dynamic, rhythmic book that’s just right for reading aloud—and comes complete with a detailed glossary.

This beautifully illustrated Spring book can be used in speech therapy to address rhyming and describing.  It is also great for targeting the following sounds: /gr/ and /z/.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Under Ground in speech therapy below: 


Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
phonological awareness


down, creatures, dig, squirm, worm, furrows, roots, rocks


verbs (present progressive)
verbs (action)

Phonological Awareness:


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.