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The Snowy Day

Title: The Snowy Day

Author: Ezra Jack Keats

Description: A classic winter tale of a young boy’s adventures in the snow.

Goals/objectives:
• Early 2-word combinations
• Simple sequencing
• Early inferencing
• “s”-blends
• “wh” questions

Why I like this story: This adorable tale lends itself to use with a wide range of ages. I use it with toddlers to promote 2-3 word utterances and with K-1 kids to work on inferencing, Story Grammar and problem solving. Plus, the illustrations are delightful!

Ideas for use:
• Model simple 2-word utterances (boy walk, snow plop, socks off) for kids to retell the story at this simple language level. Support with simple line drawings if needed
• Copy the pages and have kids put them in order (which happens first, smacking the tree or snow falling on Peter’s head?) to address simple sequencing and cause/effect
• Discuss early problem solving (e.g., how to keep the snow from “plopping” on his head, how to keep the snowball from melting)
• For a group, have the group work collaboratively to figure out how to act out the story given the materials available. Great for negotiation and flexibility
• Have kids generate a similar story with a different concept; such as, “A Sunny Day” or “A Windy Day.”

Submitted by: Karen S Head, MS, CCC-SLP

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The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Title: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Author: Dan and Audrey Woods

Description: A little mouse is thrilled that he finds a delicious strawberry, however, he hears that there is a big hungry bear who loves strawberries. Especially one that has just been picked….

Goals:

  • Reading Body Language/Facial expressions
  • Narrative/Story Retell
  • Early Prediction
  • Speech production (s blends)
  • Pretend Play

Why I like this book: A classic that is loved by all children, especially the surprise ending 😉

Ideas for this book:

  • The mouse is very expressive. A great story if working on emotions, and reading body language. Have children act out the mouse’s expressions and body language and/or guess yours. There is an emphasis on scared/worried as well as happy and relieved. Add “thinking bubbles” above the mouse and have children think about what he is thinking/feeling.
  •  A great story for early story grammar elements as it’s a simple sequence. There are simple characters, setting, problem (kickoff), internal response,events and resolution. Great when introducing the Story Grammar Marker through Mindwingconcepts
  • As the mouse is trying to keep the strawberry from the bear, have children predict what he might do next? Will he hide under the rug? Under the bed? Turn it into pie? See if kids can think of new and different ways the mouse can hide or use the strawberry.
  • A great story to “act out” given its simple nature. I’ve used it in individual sessions and dyads (both as mice). What can they find to “be” the strawberry? What will be the house? The hammock at the end? If you don’t have a lot of space to act it out physically, use a little mouse and a strawberry for more traditional “pretend play.”
  • Lots of opportunity for /s/ blends (strawberry, sniff, smell, etc.) Readers can read the story, non-readers can repeat.
  • Add a craft for the story. One of the fantastic OTs that I work with created a strawberry out of red construction paper, and glued little lentils as the “seeds.”

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

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