Fall Books in Speech Therapy: Otis and the Scarecrow FREEBIE included!

Monday, November 2, 2015
What fall books are you reading in your speech rooms? So many themed books to enrich your therapy sessions. Scarecrows, tractors, apples, turkeys.... so many more. Read on to get some book ideas and a freebie to download.
If you are familiar with the Otis the Tractor books, you will not be disappointed with the fifth in the series, Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long. I like to refer to him as “Otis the empathetic tractor.”
 Otis and the Scarecrow has great vocabulary words for middle school - here is a list of words from this great book

When the farmer places a scarecrow in the cornfield, Otis and the farm animals try to make friends, but the scarecrow remains silent with a sour look on his face. 
This is a great book to discuss friendship and what a good friend does.
A connection we can make as SLPs with some of our students is the scarecrow to the outsider in the classroom. Often students don’t know what to think of the kids who are new or kids who struggle socially and academically. If someone doesn’t act “quite right,” they are often left alone. You can discuss how the bull “snarled, huffed, and walked away.” Otis is a great example that it only takes one good friend to help others come around with subtle acts of compassion.
Vocabulary I love in this book: ripe, scattered, creature, sour, musty, tattered, perched, bare, plump, eager, drifting, rambunctious, shocks of corn fodder, sternly, hesitation, intently, battered, scampered, sauntered, and uttered.

Many of these words are found in 5th and 6th grade vocabulary studies. Read-alouds are great opportunities to introduce and discuss them in context. 
Click here for a freebie for you to download to use!

My students love these templates to put in their writing notebooks.
There are 3 pages of the above words and one blank one (in case you do not want to use all that I have given and want to make your own- just have the students write the ones you choose).
Have the students cut around the outside and on the dotted lines. Paste the long left side only onto notebook paper, construction paper, or into their writing journal. Have them lift each vocabulary word strip and write the meaning of the words or use them in a sentence. We do this together- have the students write the meaning in their own words or use a synonym. Dictionary definitions are NOT meaningful and will not stick. 
There is also a writing prompt (2 per page) for you use.

 Comprehension/WH questions:
How did Otis first feel? He was happy that a new friend had come to the farm.
What happened when Otis went to welcome him? The scarecrow didn’t smile or say hello. He just stood there with a sour look on his face.
What did the bull do when the scarecrow just stood there? He snarled, huffed and turned away.
What was Otis’ job on the farm that season? He pulled the wagon for kids to pick out pumpkins.
Where did the animals go when it started to rain? They all went under the tree.
What did Otis do when he noticed the scarecrow getting wet? He went to go stand with him.
What did the other animals do after they saw Otis with the scarecrow? They went to stand there too.
I hope you will use the book Otis and the Scarecrow soon in your speech room and that you can use these printable activities along with it!
More fall books and how I use them in my speech room coming each week. 
Happy fall y’all!


  1. Great, great, great collection of books! A Turkey for Thanksgiving is one of my personal favorites. Check out Balloons Over Broadway for a book appropriate for middle school. I think you'll love it!


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