Thanksgiving Week in Speech Therapy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Who’s enjoying a great fall? I’m back to share 2 more books I will be using in my speech room this week and next. There is also a link to a freebie and craft ideas! Amazon Affiliate Links included

Sharing the Bread: an Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Z. Miller and Jill McElmurry. A sweet, rhythmic book. Maybe a book you wouldn't normally pick out, but it has exceptional language targets.

Vocabulary: fetch, squat, blazing, kneed, gallon, jug, mug, festive, hearty. I find it is good to offer a quick synonym during the reading with each word. For instance, when reading I’ll say, “Mom, fetch the pot. Fetch means get.” Then I will keep on reading. After the reading, I go back through the book, read the sentence again and ask, “who remembers what fetch means?”

Every member of this family has a “job” to help prepare the Thanksgiving meal including the baby. Even today we all like the baby to sleep, LOL! Ask your students what they do or could do to help get ready for Thanksgiving. Here are the tasks they each have: Mom, fetch the pot. Daddy, make it hot. Sister, knead the bread. Brother, baste the turkey. Grandpa, cook the berries. Grandma, bake your pumpkin pie. Auntie, mash potatoes now. Uncle, swing the cider jug. Baby, be a sleeping mouse.

Rhyming to notice (play a game to find the rhyme): pot/squat/hot, dough/grow/row, smell/well, pie/sky, treat/eat, hats/mats, place/space/grace, bread/ fed.    

Compare this family’s Thanksgiving to how your student celebrates. Do they have family come over? What food do they eat? Do they watch a parade?

Eve Bunting is one of my favorite children’s authors and she has written a delightful book, “A Turkey For Thanksgiving.” The warm watercolor illustrations bring to life this funny surprise-ending story.

Vocabulary:  nuzzled, bare, hooves, perch, bellowed, bleat, peering, blundered, lumbered, insist, stammered.

Who was invited? Sheep, Rabbit, Porcupine, Mr. and Mrs. Goat
Questions to ask for comprehension: How was the table decorated? Two paper pilgrims at each end of the table and paper turkey between two candles. What does Mrs. Moose want? A turkey. Where did the Goats say they saw a turkey? A fat one, down by the river.
What did they eat? Acorns, alfalfa sprouts, willow bark and cured grasses and wild parsley, pressed leaves.
Why was the turkey worried? “I thought you’d be worrying about how I’d taste.”

Recall the order of animals he sees along the way:
Rabbit then The Goats then Sheep then Porcupine. This is a great activity for sequencing (first, next, then, last).

Several examples of figurative language used throughout this book. “Mr. Moose’s warm breath hung white in front of him.” (personification) “Snow crunched under his hooves.” (onomatopoeia)
“Sheep was looking round as a fur ball in his winter coat.” (simile)
“The earth smelled of ice and moss.” (personification)
“A crow hung, black as a puff of wood smoke.” (personification)

I found a cute companion on TpT by First Grade Centers and More to use with this book. Click HERE!

If you need more activities to use for fall and Thanksgiving, I have several articulation and no-prep language products in my TpT store!

Here are a few cute treats and crafts that I found on Pinterest that I will be incorporating next week. Raise your hand if you like an excuse to bring in chocolate!! The pumpkin pie craft with tissue paper and pumpkin strips with things you are thankful for will be great to send home to parents. 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1 comment

  1. Thanks for sharing the book ideas, extension activities and the cute crafts!!


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