speech and language teaching concepts for white snow bright snow in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sn/
/l/ medial
/ar/
/er/
/f/ initial and final
/r/ initial
/ch/ initial
/dr/

Themes:

winter
changing seasons

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

White Snow, Bright Snow

By Alvin Tresselt

When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grown-ups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on their tongues. All the wonder and delight a child feels in a snowfall is caught in the pages of this book—the frost ferns on the windowsill, the snowman in the yard and the mystery and magic of a new white world.

This classic winter book can be used in speech therapy to address a variety of speech sounds with its repetitive text, including /er/, initial and final /f/, and initial /ch/. It is also great for noticing figurative language, specifically imageryDiscover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using White Snow, Bright Snow in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
figurative language
inferencing
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
prepositional phrases
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of actions by each character through winter (postman, farmer, policeman, wife, rabbits, and children)

Vocabulary:

postman, scurried, rubbers, sifted, crouched

Figurative Language:

personification
imagery
sensory language

Grammar:

prepositional phrases
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
adjectives

Text Features:

repetitive text

Inferencing:

Why is the postman putting on rubbers?
Why did the policeman bundle up?
Why did the farmer dig a path to his barn?
Why do you think the postman wanted to enjoy the sun?
Why do you think the cows stayed in the barn all winter?

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.