speech and language teaching concepts for You're a Crab!: A Moody Day Book in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kr/ initial
/f/ initial
/sh/ final

Themes:

summer
ocean
feelings/emotions
coping strategies

Book Details:

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

You’re a Crab!: A Moody Day Book

By Jenny Whitehead

Some days, it's easy to feel friendly or funny or silly. But other days, it's easier to feel mad or mean or snappy―in other words, to be a crab. In this accessible introduction to moods and feelings, children will meet an underwater world full of friendly creatures, including a little crab whose changing moods show that it's okay to have days when you're feeling a little bit under the weather. Things will turn around soon enough!

This clever summer, ocean and feelings/emotions book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like coping with various emotions. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting similes as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using You're a Crab!: A Moody Day Book in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
theme/message​
illustration study​
inferencing​
social/emotional
adjectives​
text features​
figurative language

 

Vocabulary:

mood, friendly, funny, clownfish, crabby, mean, frustrated, stinky, mopey, pity, irritable, hermit crab

Social/Emotional:

learning to accept others feelings, as well as how to cope with feelings of your own

Figurative Language:

similes (mean like a shark that wants to chomp, frustrated like a turtle that snaps)

Grammar:

adjectives

Text Features:

capitals
underlines
moving text
change in font

Inferencing:

How do you know that crab feels crabby?
How do you think crab treats others if it zaps at whatever it sees?
How do you think crab treats others if it snaps?
How do the other animals feel?
What do others think about you when you’re crabby?
How do you think you can change your mood?
How do you think you can let others know what you need when you are feeling different ways?

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