Author: Phyllis Root
Age: Preschool, Early Elementary
Description: A duck gets stuck in the muck and gets help from many animal friends.
• Early story retelling.
• /k/ final position
• s-blends (mainly /st/, /sn/)
• early counting
• early animal vocabulary (snails, snakes, fish, moose, etc.)
• Phonological Awareness
Why I like this book: The repetitive nature, and adorable illustrations.
Ideas for use:
• Retelling- A very linear, simple sequence. Have kiddos tell the story using their own words. Help them along by showing the pictures.
• Have them write their own version with all new animals. Pick a category of animals that help. Maybe only farm animals come to help this time! Try jungle animals, ocean animals, bugs, etc. A great way to work on vocabulary development.
• Practice for /k/ in word final positions, at word and sentence levels. The repetitive nature of the story allows for lots of practice (“No luck, duck still stuck”).
• Practice for s-blends. Again the repetitive nature of the story allows for lots of practice (“still stuck”).
• Simple Rhyming: Practice generating words that rhyme: luck, stuck, muck, duck are part of the story. What else can they think of! Each animal movement in the story also rhymes (i.e 2 fish spish to the duck, no luck duck still stuck.). A great model for “nonwords” that rhyme.
Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
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