Picture Books About Colors for Speech Therapy

Picture Books About Colors for Speech Therapy

Teaching your students to identify and name colors helps with building category groups for things that are similar colors. You can teach color words to build MLU and adjectives. Using picture books about colors to work on teaching colors is a great way to increase engagement and opportunities to work on receptive and expressive language for colors. I gathered up my fave picture books about colors to use with your preschool and kindergarten speech therapy students. 

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Picture Books About Colors for Identifying and Naming Colors

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Here are some books about colors for preschool that focus on identifying and naming colors:  

Using books that have lots of similar color items makes it easy to play fun games like “I spy.”

Color Sensory Bin Activities for Speech Therapy

One way to streamline your planning for mixed groups or targeting a lot of speech and language goals is using sensory bins! Sensory bins pair well with books and increase engagements with your students. Use the color sensory bin activities for eight different colors with any of these color books in this blog post. You won’t about therapy because you will have the following tools included:

 

  • Color sorting mats
  • Sentence Strips
  • Speech Sound Word Lists
  • Parent handout
  • Color printables
  • AAC CORE boards
  • Category Mats
  • Noun-function Can You Find It? Mats
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Children’s Books About Colors For Wh-Questions

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For your students with listening comprehension and story element goals, here are some books about colors for preschool and kindergarten that incorporate narrative elements:

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson is a great book that incorporates colors, rhyming, and easy wh-question opportunities. You can also target AAC CORE words for look, see, can, like, and with. After you read the story, you can pull out the color sensory bin to target one of the colors from the book or all of the colors! Go back through the book and have students find a picture that matches the color. 

Curious Toddler A Colorful Book of Colors: A Picture Word Book About Colors for Kids is great for answering who, what, and where questions with animals and items on the pages. For example, there is a green color page with frogs on a log and a chameleon on a stick. You can ask “Who is on the log?” or “Who is on the stick?” and have students answer by adding the color.

Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong talks about colors while sharing about Latin culture and food. You can work on naming items with the colors and asking wh-questions such as “Who is wearing the orange marigolds?” or “Who is holding the orange plates?” This is a great book for your students who are bilingual as it incorporates Spanish words.

Color Books That Would Go With a Garden Theme

During the spring and summer months, working on colors is super easy with these flower-themed color books:

Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert is a great color book for preschool and kindergarten because it has vibrant photos, easy-to-read text, and incorporates colors through flowers.

Rainbows in bloom by Taylor and Michel Putnam is a great book to introduce different shades of colors like light or dark green. In the beautiful flower arrangements, there are hidden items that students have to hunt for on the page. For example, on the yellow and green flower page, there is a hidden light green spider, a kiwi, a green shell, and a yellow butterfly. 

If you need more spring ideas for planning therapy, check out this blog post. You can also find a flower sensory bin in this blog post

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Books About Colors for Preschool and Kindergarten

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A great book about colors that can be adapted for different speech and language goals is Dump Truck’s Colors: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Not only can you target colors, but you can also work on wh-questions, verbs, adjectives, basic concepts, and vocabulary.

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni is a great book to discuss the vocabulary word “change” while incorporating colors. You can talk about the chameleon’s problems, color changes with seasons, and naming animals. To work on pairing an adjective + noun, you have a lot of opportunities to add the color descriptive words to the animal on the page. 

Color Books That Incorporates Emotions

For your mixed groups, you can use color books that incorporate emotions with these suggestions:

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas helps children identify emotions through colors. One day the monster is confused because he is feeling many emotions at once. A little girl shows the color monster different emotions through colors. 

A Little Spot of Emotion by Diane Alber has a set of colored books that talk about emotions. Have your students be emotion detectives and work on identifying emotions in the book. There is even a fun song that goes with the book!

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What are Your Favorite Books About Colors for Speech Therapy?

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Do you have a favorite book you use to teach colors in speech therapy? Share below the color books you use to teach colors to your students in the comments. Let me know how you use the color book to target goals. I Check out how to use shared book reading strategies in your speech therapy sessions!

Sneezy the Snowman Activities

Sneezy the Snowman Activities

When January hits, it’s time to pull out the Sneezy the Snowman book in your speech therapy sessions. You can target synonyms, s-blends, CORE words, sequencing skills, and story elements, to name a few skills! If you are doing a snowman theme with your elementary speech therapy caseload, this blog post will hook you up with Sneezy the snowman activities you can use across the ages in your speech therapy groups.

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Where to Find the Sneezy the Snowman Book?

You can head to your local library, Amazon, or find a Sneezy the Snowman read-aloud on YouTube. To have access to the book digitally, Kindle Unlimited has it available when you subscribe as of 01/01/23. Your library may have a digital loaning service with OverDrive or the Libby app to get this book electronically for free!

Sneezy the Snowman Sequencing and Retell

Learn about snowman speech therapy activities that you can pair with Sneezy the Snowman

You need to make a story prop kit to turn the sneezy snowman into an engaging story! Not only can you use the story-retelling props for narrative language, but you can also use them for syntax, basic concepts, yes/no questions, and comprehension.

Sneezy the Snowman Sequencing Ideas

If you decide to do the DIY sneezy snowman story kit, you can work on sequencing what happened in the story (blog post link is above.) For your older students, you can use this free Sneezy the Snowman retelling worksheet from Rowdy in Room 300. After working on sequencing with Sneezy the snowman, you can continue to target sequencing with a snowman theme

Sneezy the Snowman Activities for Speech Therapy

Using this book, you can work on the shades of meaning for the vocabulary cold and hot. On the whiteboard, map out how words can be similar but grow in intensity.

For example, you can discuss the shades of mean for cold such as cool – chilly – cold – freezing.

Discuss with students when you might use those words to help describe a situation or the weather.

To help build depth of knowledge with some tier II vocabulary words in the story, have students fill out a personal dictionary, write the synonyms, and antonyms, use them in a sentence, state a kid-friendly definition, and draw a picture of the word.

Here are some of the vocabulary from the book that would be good for the personal dictionary: gigantic, shiver, new, build, melt, swirl, scoop, and surprise.

Get ideas for using Sneezy the Snowman in your speech therapy sessions.
Find ideas for sneezy the snowman activities you can use with your preschool and elementary students.

For category skills, you can work on winter clothing and sorting hot and cold items

Sneezy the Snowman Crafts

Get ideas for sneezy the snowman crafts to use for speech therapy

Kindergarten Works has some easy Sneezy the Snowman activities using crafts.

For your mixed groups, having articulation and language templates to add to a snowman craft makes any easy extension activity. 

You can also use my free Snowman paper plate craft step-by-step visuals with your younger-aged students. 

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Sneezy the Snowman Activities

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Throughout the book, Sneezy drinks something hot and then melts and has to be made brand new. You can play the Build a Snowman game and have kids make their Sneezy “brand new” again. 

Similarly, students can use the snowman file folder activity from my language lesson plans to rebuild Sneezy. You can target any goal with the build-a-snowman file folder activity! Or get a melting snowman toy or other toys for a build a snowman activity.  

What Activities Do You Do With Your Students?

Do you have a particular activity you pair with the book, Sneezy the Snowman? Share in the comments the activity and how you use it to target speech and language goals. 

If you need a Sneezy the snowman lesson plan for your preschool and early elementary students, this blog will help you!
Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit

Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit

When it comes to choosing a snowman book for your caseload, you want a book that has great pictures, and LOTS of language concepts to target. Plus, you have a lot of students working on comprehension and oral narration, you want a snowman book that targets story elements. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright ticks off all those boxes for me. It’s a great story that kids LOVE to hear. Today, I am going to share how you can make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit to make your sessions more engaging when working on speech or language goals. If you need more snowman-themed book ideas, head to this blog post! Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience, this means I get a small commission when you purchase anything from Amazon.

What is a Story Prop Kit?

Story prop kits are items related to the book that help children stay engaged during the story. They can be felt characters and vocabulary items for a storyboard or manipulatives related to the story.

Research has shown that students’ comprehension improves when children retell the story in their own words. The two strategies that worked best were children verbally recounting the story and enacting the story given props.

Creating a story prop kit allows you to implement both of these strategies with Sneezy the Snowman!

Can you think of a few kids on your caseload that would love this while working on narration? These stories retell kits can be great for students with shortened attention spans! Or, your kids who love to touch items. Your students will enjoy the activity when it feels more like play!

Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.
Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.

Where Can I Find the Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Props?

For your Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit, you definitely want a snowman, fire, green mug, hot tub, hot chocolate, and ice cream! Having some kid figurines could be great too.

You can always ask your family and friends on Facebook to see if they have any old toys they would want to donate to you and your caseload. Another way to acquire these toys on a budget is by asking parents on your caseload. There is always the Goodwill and garage sale hunt too! If you need some tips for planning themed therapy lessons on a budget, listen to episode 47 on the Real Talk SLP podcast for more tips. Fortunately, I had most of the items in other playsets!

For my story retell kit, I wanted a plush snowman and found it on Oriental Trading company. But, right now, it is not in stock, so you can find one on Amazon.

Grab a fire from Melissa and Doug camping set or this fisher price version on Amazon.

Use a coffee mug from your house or a cup from one of your tea sets.

Look for a metal tin can from Target, or Dollar Tree to be the hot tub.

If you own the Melissa and Doug ice cream set, just borrow the ice cream cones.

For kids, you can grab the little people sets or just borrow Lego people.

During the story, Sneezy melts and needs to be built again. You can find some felt snowmen kits like this one on Amazon (it’s really big) or you can use the build a snowman file folder printables from my snowman-themed language lesson plan guides.

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Join the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you want more themed therapy ideas like this snowman story prop kit. We provide 2-3 monthly themed units for your Prek-5th grade caseload including book cheat sheets, no print materials, Google Slides, visual crafts, a toy guide, newsletters for parents and MORE!

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Speech Therapy Activities for Sneezy the Snowman

Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.

This book is great for story elements, but there are some other great ways you can use this book!

For your students working on CORE words, you can target “like, “put,” “you,” and “more.”

Thre are examples of hot and cold throughout Sneezy the Snowman. You can describe the shades of meaning for hot and cold. 

If you have students with s-blend goals, this is a great book to target consonant clusters.

Practice naming items that would go in the hot and cold category group.

Target “where” questions focusing on prepositions for the location of Sneezy throughout the book.

How Would You Use Sneezy the Snowman in Speech Therapy?

Do your students love Sneezy the Snowman? What goals or activities would you do with this story prop kit? I would love to hear your ideas! Whenever I can find new ways to use a set of materials, therapy planning is easier. If you can use this one-story prop kit with a bulk of your caseload, you are saving LOTS of hours of prep work.

Share in the comments your therapy ideas for using Sneezy the snowman!

Need some more snowman ideas? Here are some blog posts to help you plan a snowman-themed therapy unit:

 

Make your own Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit to work on oral narration as a hands-on speech therapy activity.
Favorite Snowman Books for Speech Therapy

Favorite Snowman Books for Speech Therapy

One way to streamline your themed therapy lesson planning is to start by picking a book for the theme! Once you select a book, it’s much easier to develop activities to use with that theme that also aligns with the book. Many times, a themed book has other opportunities to theme smash. For example, with a snowman theme, a great book to use for theme smashing is Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehler. You can use that book to discuss snowmen while targeting a job or community helpers category! Today, I will share some of my favorite snowman books for speech therapy and give you some tips for selecting a book for your caseload. Many of these books are in the Themed Therapy SLP membership, which has book cheat sheets, companions, and story maps to use with them in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions.

Snowman Themed Materials for Prek-5th Grade

Planning engaging-themed therapy sessions is time-consuming and takes a lot of creative energy. The Themed Therapy SLP membership is designed to take lesson planning off your plate so that you can enjoy therapy no matter what is on your to-do list. We provide a variety of low prep, digital, and printable themed materials, including a snowman theme! We have book companions for each theme (2 books per grade level, prek-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th,) book cheat sheets, story maps, and extension activities. 

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Tips for Selecting a Snowman Book for Speech Therapy

When picking a book to use with your students, you want to ask yourself some questions:

1. What types of goals do my students have on their IEPs?

2. How long can my students attend to a book?

3. Can this book be adapted to cover a lot of different goals and discussions?

4. Is this a book that my students can personally relate to in their own life?

5. Is this book at their developmental level of interest?

It’s always good to select a snowman book that is going cover a lot of groups as well as serve many different skilled needs. For example, if you have a lot of students working on story retell, comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary, “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright may be a great choice. This book follows story elements and has lots of opportunities for targeting vocabulary.

 

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Similarly, if you have a lot of students working on building MLU and describing goals, using the book, “Just a Snowman” by Mercer Mayer would be a great selection. This book has detailed picture scenes and a variety of verbs to create sentences about what is happening on each page. 

Snowman Book Suggestions by Grade Level

If you are looking for snowman books for speech therapy, this blog post has lots of tips for which books to use for different speech and language goals!

When you plan using a themed-based approach, one way to make selecting a book easier is by choosing a book by grade level or target area.

Here are a few snowman book suggestions by grade level (Amazon affiliate links are included):

Prek-1st grade
2nd-3rd grade
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Skills to Target with Snowman Books for Speech Therapy

It’s always helpful to know why an SLP chooses a book, so I am going to share some reasons why I would use certain books with different groups or ages. One of the BEST ways to utilize books to build vocabulary and language is with shared book reading strategies

Snowman Books With Reptitive Text for Preschool & Early Elementary

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro or The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming would be wonderful for targeting sequencing. Students that benefit from the repetitive text would do well with these book choices. And, they both provide opportunities for CORE words such as “give, eat, more, all done.”

If you need visual supports for the old lady book to work on CORE words, comprehension and story retell, grab this story map set of printable and animated Google Slides.

Get visual supports to work on CORE words and sequencing for the book There WAs an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

Books that Target Vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension

Snowman at Work and Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner would be great for working on grammar, categories, answering wh-questions. The pictures are vivid, so you can target adjectives, prepositional phrases, and verbs when building sentences.

Using Books To Work on Narrative Skills and Inferencing

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The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a wordless book that allows you to target inferencing, storytelling, and comprehension. You can also incorporate writing by having students share what they would do with a snowman for a day. There are many opportunities to ask and discuss inferential questions in the book.

Furthermore, The Biggest Snowman by Steven Kroll and Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright are great books for working on story elements and comprehension.

What Snowman-Themed Books Do You Use With Your Students?

  1. What snowman books do you enjoy grabbing off the shelf to use in therapy? I would love to know what your students enjoy as well as some goals you target with the books! My MOST favorite speech therapy lesson plan includes using a book with related toys or props, so if you have any therapy ideas to share, please do!
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DIY Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit

DIY Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit

Using books in speech therapy can be a great way to plan therapy because you can adapt the book to cover a wide range of goals, including story comprehension, oral narration, grammar, vocabulary, and perspective-taking. Plus, you can have students working on fluency or articulation carryover to summarize or retell the story while working on their strategies or sounds.

For the younger students, one way to get increased engagement with a book is to create story prop kits. Using story props allows students to kinesthetically get involved with the story. Today, I want to show you how to make an Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to use in speech therapy. 

How to make an Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to use in speech therapy

Where to Get the Book Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Samell

If you are looking for a great fall book that works on story comprehension and story retell, you will want to check out Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell. It was originally called Ouch!, so you may be able to find it at your local library under that name. Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post for your convenience.

When I don’t have a book on hand, I will use a YouTube book read aloud and just mute the reader, so that I can read the book to the students. I always love having the real book, but when you are in a jam, this works well too. Today, I am going to share how you can make a storybook prop kit for Apple Trouble!

To help your students recall the details and vocabulary from the story, it’s nice to have hands-on materials to bring the story to life.

Making an Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to increase engagement in your language therapy sessions

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Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to use in speech therapy

Plus, you can use the elements from this story prop kit for future theme-based lessons when working on forest animals, farm themes, hedgehog books, or apple themes. Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post for your convenience. When you use the affiliate link, I get a small commission with no expense from you.

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If you love planning by themes for your elementary caseload but don’t have the time or creative energy to find all the activities for your themed therapy, join the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We take lesson planning off your plate so you can focus on enjoying therapy with your students.

You can access over 24 themed units for Prek-5th grade when you join the annual subscription. There are also monthly options, but you only get access for two months at a time. Sign up HERE. See a sample of the apple-themed unit below.

Items you will need to make your story prop kit

 Forest animals figurines: has a mini hedgehog, frog, squirrel 

Plush or mini hedgehog: The mini hedgehog is included in the forest animals figurines. You can find a plush hedgehog on Amazon

Farm Toobs: This set has a pig, and goat. You can get this set on Amazon or at Michael’s. 

Hedgehog’s nest is made from cut up cardboard and green moss hot glued that I found at the Dollar Tree. You could always buy some decorative leaves from the Dollar Tree or craft store and stick them in a box as the hedgehog’s nest.

Fake mini apples: You can find mini and large-sized fake apples on Amazon or at Michael’s. I got mine at Michael’s.

For the other items that get stuck in the hedgehog’s fir, you will need a pear, a blue piece of paper. 

Make a DIY Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to target speech and language goals

How to Make the Apple Tree in the Story

You can easily make an apple tree using toilet paper rolls and cutting out a green piece of construction paper to look like leaves and branches. Color red apples on the tree. Then, cut two slits in the toilet paper roll on one side. Slide the green tree into the toilet paper roll and now you have an apple tree.

Use this apple tree for a future apple-themed unit to use when talking about apple trees and orchards. You can make an apple orchard sensory bin like the one I share on Instagram. 

Speech Therapy Goals You Can Cover With the Story Prop Kit

With your story props you can target the goals as follows:

  • Story comprehension and oral narration – act out what happened throughout the story
  • Work on basic concepts with the characters and props from the story
  • Describe the character’s by attributes and look for text to support answers
  • Build grammatically correct sentences using the characters and actions from the story
  • Add the props to a sensory bin and allow students to pretend play while working on initiation, commenting, vocabulary, etc.
  • Work on conversation dialogue with the characters
  • Have students practice summarizing or retelling while using transition words. This can also be a skill to work on articulation carryover. 

How Do You Use the Book Apple Trouble in Speech Therapy?

I would love to know how you would use this Apple Trouble story prop kit to target goals with your speech therapy caseload. Share in the comments or tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

Need more tips on how to use books to cover language goals? Check out this post with some book reading strategies.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

Where are all my Very Hungry Caterpillar fans? Using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in speech therapy is a great addition to your bug theme. I especially enjoy this book because I can incorporate a food theme as well.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic children’s book for younger students. I use this book every year with my K-2 students. This board book comes with  plush toy for The Very Hungry Caterpillar which is pretty great if you want a real caterpillar to go with your lesson. There are so many ways to adapt and use this book in therapy.

Find resources, therapy ideas and activities to work on speech and language goals using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy.

During the spring months, I love incorporating bugs into my therapy. The cool thing about an insect theme is that bugs are around all year long, so you can use this theme any time of the year. My favorite times to do bugs are Spring and Summer because that’s when those creepy crawlers come out for kids to see!

Toys and Activities for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When I need toys, games, books or anything really, I tend to look on Amazon first. As a busy SLP and mom, I just don’t always have the time to go hunting around stores for resources. There are a TON of Very Hungry Caterpillar toys and resources for extension activities. Here are some that I found on Amazon (amazon affiliate links included for your convenience):

Caterpillar Bean Bag Toy that you can use

Very Hungry Caterpillar plush toy for sensory bin

Let’s feed the Caterpillar Game for extension activity

Feed the caterpillar magnetic puzzle

Reversible Caterpillar to butterfly stuffed animal

Caterpillar stacking blocks for oral narration

Flannel felt pieces from the story to work on oral narration

Find resources, therapy ideas and activities to work on speech and language goals using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Ideas

I enjoy doing crafts as part of my push in lessons to support basic concepts and social skills. When we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we made these sponge caterpillar crafts. It was a pretty easy craft to prep and we worked on requesting items, learning basic concepts and then initiating conversation by showing peers our craft.

Crafts for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Find resources, therapy ideas and activities to work on speech and language goals using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy.

Here is how I transported everything to the classroom. I found the sponges at the dollar store, used white 11 by 17 craft paper, eye stickers, black pipe cleaners cut up, and black marker to draw the legs.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy. I have containers that I put all my items for my push in speech therapy lessons, so I have all the supplies in one place. This is for a caterpillar craft for kids.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Speech & Language Activities

If you want DIY therapy ideas, just type in The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities into Pinterest and you will find so much inspiration! You can follow my Very Hungry Caterpillar Speech Therapy Pinterest board for more ideas!

Articulation ideas: Go on a sound hunt with the pictures from the story. Have students look and listen for words that have their sound.

Basic Concepts: Follow directions with basic concepts using props from the story.

Category ideas: Sort fruits, vegetables and junk food. Or sort food vs. insects. You can discuss if a food is healthy or junk food.

Vocabulary: Practice describing a caterpillar and butterfly by attributes. Do the same thing with the food in the story. Have a taste test to describe fruit as crunchy, juicy, sweet, sour, color, size, shape and category.

Grammar: Target present and past tense for verbs, as well as, marking plural nouns that happened in the story. The students can describe the verb actions in each picture. The caterpillar ate four strawberries.

More Language Ideas For The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Listening Comprehension: Students can practice answering wh-questions from the story. One way that I scaffold the story for some students is by asking a question every page or every 2-3 sentences. When I read the story, I will read it out loud all the way through. Then, I will use the book page by page to talk about all the details in the story. The next session when I read the story to the kids, I will stop and ask questions. At the end, we will retell the story together.

Oral Narration: Students can work on sequencing and story elements using The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book is great for students that need visual supports to remember a story because the story has lots of visuals to support the story.

Social Skills: When you create a caterpillar or butterfly craft only put one set of art supplies on the table. Students have to practice initiating, waiting, and sharing supplies with another student while creating the craft.

FUN Idea For Your K-2 Push-In Language Lesson

During my SDC K-2 push-in language lesson, we read the book, described the caterpillar and then did the caterpillar craft. The next session, I read a new caterpillar book and we then went on a bug hunt outside! You can hide insects in the grass and have students look for bugs! I am a BIG fan of TOOBS and used my insect TOOBS (amazon affiliate link) for this activity. These are the fruits and vegetable TOOB items (amazon affiliate link) I would use if you have the students pretend to be hungry caterpillars.

Easy Tip Lesson Planning Tip For SLPs with High Caseloads

When I had 75-83 students on my caseload with two Autism Special Day Classrooms and one mild-mod Special Day Classroom, I would plan activities with a similar theme for as many groups as I could. I felt that it was easier for me to learn how to teach the language and scaffold skills if I was using the same concepts for a lot of different students. I would find ways to adapt the theme for students abilities, interests and ages. So, often times, I read this book 7-10 times in a day. It was hard to keep the energy up, but it definitely made me feel less stress when planning lessons. So older students, I may not actually read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I might find a non-fiction passage or video to learn about caterpillars.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

Need an insect sensory bin activity to use after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then check out this blog post for how to make one! What toys and resources have you found for this book that you love using?

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