Fall Books & How I Use Them In Speech Therapy

Happy fall y'all! Football games, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and the crispness in the air fall makes me happy.
Great fall book ideas for using in speech therapy and vocabulary words
I also love getting out books about the season with my students. I want to foster a love of reading with them. How reading is more than just words on a page. It offers a different approach to the goals we are working on. Vocabulary, figurative language, sequencing, etc. 
Here are 2 for the changing season that I like using in my therapy room. Get the free printable to use as language bookmarks.
LeafMan by Lois Ehlert
This is a very short, beautifully illustrated picture book. It captures the vivid changing colors of the leaves of fall. Great opportunities for fall craft extensions here.
Sequencing: Discuss the order of Leaf Man's travels. East-West-South-North. Name what he saw heading east (chickens, marsh, ducks, geese, fields). Heading west, he saw (orchards, prairie meadows, cows...).
Vocabulary: pile, plans, marsh, drifting, orchards, prairie, meadows, gliding, flock, lonesome, rustle.
Writing: Use the prompt, "If I were a leaf man, I would go..." (have them include what they would see and feel along the way).
Compare/Contrast: Different types of leaves. Have students bring 2 different leaves from home and discuss the differences and similarities in their attributes. If the weather is good and time allows, we go outside on the school campus and take pictures with their iPads. We use the Keynote app or use a Venn diagram on paper.
Superlatives: Bring out some leaves and order them big-bigger-biggest, tall-taller-tallest, dark-darker-darkest, etc.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson (also titled, The Fox and the Falling Leaves)
Gorgeous watercolor illustrations capture you in this sweet story. When I read this treasure, children are mesmerized and almost melt listening to the words. This story about a sweet little fox is one of my favorites to use with therapy goals.
Social/Emotional: Discuss feelings. On the first page, the word "worried" is used. When can someone be worried, what do you do when you are worried, who do you go to? Fletcher is trying to care for a tree - great opportunity for teaching empathy - look at his body language- his head hands down and how they can ready friends/classmates body language. Friendship - Fletcher says he will stay with the tree holding on to the last leaf left (talk about what a good friend does).
Adjectives: Wow this book is filled with vivid descriptions. "crinkly whisper," "dusty gold," "pale stars," and SO many more.
Vocabulary: bounded, crinkly, dull, rough, ruffled, fluter, rustle, swoop, pale, glimmer. Work on those synonyms and antonyms!
Figurative Language: personification is on nearly EVERY page. "I think my tree is sick." "The little leaf shook itself free..." "The wind and the squirrel are stealing our leaves." "The branches nodded." "The leaves shivered and shook..." onomatopoeia- "The tiny leaf gave a rustle in reply." simile- "Making a sound like laughter."

I hope you can incorporate some of these ideas as you read books about fall! Click HERE to download your Language Bookmarks to use as quick notes with these books!

2 comments

  1. Ashley!! Thank you so much for this post. I hope you know that posts like this one are so helpful to SLPs who are new to the school system, like me.
    Peace and Blessings,
    Courtney H.
    From Alabama

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  2. I love the way you break down how you use each book. Thank you for sharing!

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