using Why Should I Recycle? in speech thereapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/s/ medial


Earth Day

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Why Should I Recycle?

By Jen Green

What if everybody threw away old bottles and newspapers, littering the world with glass and plastic and tin cans that should be recycled and made into new products? Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling. When he takes them on a class trip to a recycling plant they learn the value of recycling. Part of every child’s development involves asking questions. Today, some of the most important questions kids ask are related to the natural environment. This book demonstrates the importance of protecting nature.

This enlightening spring and Earth Day themed book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing and facts about recycling. It is also great for answering “what” and “why” questions, targeting verbs and for /r/ and /s/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Why Should I Recycle? in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
text features
questions (what, why)


process of recycling items


recycling, garbage, separate, melted, waste, dump, soil, countryside, secondhand, compost, heap


verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

speech bubbles
questions (what, why)
a note suggesting ways to use the book effectively

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