Happy Wild About Books Wednesday! Spring is only a few weeks away and today I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite bug books!
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming is one of my favorite books to incorporate into spring and summer speech therapy! A little boy peeks into the grass and sees a whole new world!
This book is a wonderful tool to enhance speech and language skills. You can use it to work on:
1. Rhyming – every page features rhyming words!
2. Vocabulary – There are so many insects and animals that appear in the tall, tall grass! From caterpillars to bunnies to bats!
3. Compare/Contrast – compare all the different animals!
4. Verbs – everyone animal is doing something different! You can talk about all the actions words! For instance, the ants pull and tug!
5. Synonyms/Shades of Meaning – Quite a few of the pages feature synonyms! Pull/Tug, Slip/Slide, Crunch/Munch, etc
6. Describing – describe all the animals in the grass!
I also made a free rhyming match/memory game for my newsletter subscribers! I have a free resource library that is exclusive to my email community! If you’re interested in weekly emails about blog posts, ideas, sale announcements, new resources, etc then definitely consider signing up! I also add to my library on a regular basis… and actually, I’ll be adding to it again tomorrow!
Each set of cards features an animal that appears in the book and the rhyming words that are found with that animal! For instance, on the caterpillar page there are the words “crunch” and “munch.” These cards are also self-checking, because the matches have identical animals on them. There are so many ways you can play!
1. Mix up all the cards and turn them upside down. Students can play a classic memory game!
2. Students can retell the story using the cards! First the caterpillars munch and then the hummingbirds sip!
3. Work on verbs! Put the cards upside down in a pile. Students have to draw a card and then act out the action! This would be a fun way to build vocabulary and make the words memorable!
4. Bring the story to life! Use a baby bottle drying rack that looks like grass and put all the cards in the grass! Students have to peek in the grass and find the matches!
Have you ever used this book in therapy? What skills did you tackle?
Thank you for stopping by! I missed last Wednesday, so I doubled up today. Check out today’s other post about Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun by Maria Dismondy!
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Erica Schultz says
I've been a newsletter subscriber for a while…how do I now access a new freebie?
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Laura's Lily Pad says
Great minds must think alike. I bought a couple of those drying racks for my preschool classroom last year. My coworker even made a sensory bin for that book as well. I saw them last week at Aldi, but they were a special buy so I am not sure whether they will still be around by now.
Sorry to bother you but I’ve signed up a few times now and I am not getting the resource or access to the freebie library.
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