Yay! It’s Wild About Books Wednesday… which means we are a little bit closer to Friday! haha.. If you’re new around here (welcome!), each Wednesday I share ideas about how to use a specific book for speech/language therapy! You can join this wild romp by leaving a comment or linking up with a new or recent post sharing your own book ideas! Just use the picture below to link back to me!
Confession – I LOVE Farms! I secretly want a chicken coop in my backyard. I’m serious, I’ve been pinning to Coop, There It Is for years now! But I don’t want to get off on the wrong track with my new neighbors haha.. Now, I’m an urban girl at heart.. so I love farms from afar and from my speech room. I provide therapy for K-2 and farm themed activities are super cool at the primary level!
One of my favorite farm-themed books is Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. It’s so witty, it’s so cute, and it’s farmalicious.
It’s about a talented group of cows who use an old typewriter to write Farmer Brown a letter requesting electric blankets. Farmer Brown says no and well… things get real! The hens then ask for electric blankets, farm animals go on strike, and Farmer Brown’s farm ends up in shambles!
There are many skills that can be addressed using this book:
1) /l/ blends – click, clack.. clickety, clack.. Need I say more? haha
2) Vocabulary – This book is filled with awesome vocabulary words such as, “ultimatum,” “strike,” and “neutral party.” Scaffold students to use context clues to figure out the meaning of these challenging words. This book can also be used for exposing students to farm vocabulary.
3) Inferencing – Wow, this book is a must for addressing inferencing! At the end, the ducks ask for a diving board, but nothing else is said about it. On the last page, you see a duck diving into the pond! The ending is just one of many opportunities for inferencing.
4) Comparing/Contrasting – Compare the cows and ducks! They both live on the farm and use the typewriter. Other great comparisons could be cows/Farmer Brown or students can compare/contrast themselves to Farmer Brown.
Have you used this book in therapy? What skills did you address?
I adore Doreen Cronin’s books.. Check out this past Wild About Books post for ideas and a freebie for Cronin’s Diary of a Worm!
Have a wild Wednesday!