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One Duck Stuck

Title: One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book

Author: Phyllis Root

Age: Preschool, Early Elementary

Description: A duck gets stuck in the muck and gets help from many animal friends.

Goals/Concepts:
• 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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Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep

Title: Sheep in a Jeep

Author: Nancy Shaw

Age: Preschool, Early Elementary

Description: This story follow some silly sheep whose jeep breaks down.

Goals/Concepts:

•Phonological Awareness (rhyming)

•Speech production, “sh”, “j,” s-blends

•Early prediction

•Early narrative- retelling

Grammar (they are)

Why I like this book? The sheep show great body language for kids to interpret, and the story is always a hit given the silly events that take place.

Ideas for use:

•In a small group it’s a great book to act out for collaboration and ideation (i.e. social language group)

•Have kiddos tell the story using their own words.

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP, all4mychild

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the busy spider

The Very Busy Spider

Title: The Very Busy Spider

Author: Eric Carle

Age: Preschool, Early Elementary

Description: This story follows a busy spider that is working on her web on a fence post on a farm. Various farm animals stop by to see her, but she is too busy to answer.

Goals/Concepts:

  • Question Formulation (Do you want to X?)
  • Why? (Because she is too busy)- repetitive practice
  • Farm Animal Vocabulary
  • Speech production:/sp/ blends, /s/ (medial, final position)
  • Prediction (Who will be next to ask the spider?)
  • Social Language: Is it expected that the spider isn’t answering others? Should we ignore our friends if we’re busy?

Why I like this book? Kids love the textured pages, as the spider builds the web.

Ideas for use:

•Make a spider web out of string or yarn, have articulation words/pics get “stuck” (tape, glue stick) in the web for home practice

•Role play what she could say to her friends instead of ignoring them.

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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