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using Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

​/g/ initial
/d/ medial
/ar/ medial
/er/ medial
/th/ initial 

Themes:

spring
gardening
changes in seasons
bugs

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

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

By Kate Messner

A companion to the new Over and Under the Pond and the beloved Over and Under the Snow, this sweet exploration of the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year “could not be more lovely,” according to the Washington Post. Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves…and down in the dirt.

This inviting spring book can be used in speech therapy to address grammar including adjectives and action verbs. It is also great for  and for targeting figurative language and sounds including: ​/g/ initial, /d/ medial, /ar/ medial and /er/ medial! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence 

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
illustration study
figurative language
phonological awareness
adjectives
verbs (action)​
verbs (present tense)
prepositional phrases
repetitive text
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facts about each animal found at the end
compare/contrast
text features
sequencing
complex sentence structure

Sequencing:

list of how each person, plant or animal changes with the seasons

Vocabulary:

garden, seeds, earthworms, insects, soil, brittle, stalks, weeds, squabble, compost, armor, furrow, snuggle, sprout, pollen, tunnel, aphids, scrumptious, harvesting, orb, litter, frantic, burrow, autumn, tremble, ripe, hunkered, biding, bare, blanketing

Figurative Language:

personifications
onomatopoeias

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)​
verbs (present tense)
point of view (girl’s perspective)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structure

Text Features:

repetitive text
italics
ellipsis
exclamation points and question marks
change in font size and font features
ALL CAPS

Phonological Awareness:

alliteration

If you are interested in using Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

Listen to our 17 minute episode, Dive into Kate Messner’s Over and Under Book Series for Speech Therapy for more ideas!