I’m kicking off a special Halloween edition of Wild About Books Wednesdays! For the next several weeks, I’ll be talking about some of my favorite spooky stories! Swing by my blog each Wednesday in October for some fun ideas and treats!
Today’s book is Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell! Not only is this book super affordable (only $3.99 on Amazon!) it’s also perfect for speech-language therapy! A witch moves into a haunted house and tries to get rid of all the ghosts! They’re timid and easily spooked (unusual for a ghost, huh? lol), so she successfully gets rid of them! Except… the ghosts become angry when they realize that they have been tricked! They team up together to scare the witch! It’s truly a delightful read! There are so many different language goals you can target with this book!
1. Rhyming – This book is written in rhyme! It’s really fun to read!
2. Quantitative Concepts – The number of ghosts decreases as the story goes on.
3. Past Tense – This book is written in past tense! It has many irregular past tense verbs too (ex. flew, saw, took, etc).
4. Adjectives – timid, haunted, dark, old, brave, etc
5. Character Development – compare the ghosts at the beginning of the story and how they are at the end of the story! At first they’re timid and at the end they’re brave!
6. Compare/Contrast – Compare the witch and the ghosts!
7. Problem Solving – The witch has a problem and finds a variety of solutions! At the end, the ghosts have a problem (they no longer have a home) and then they have to come up with a solution!
8. Halloween Vocabulary – The witch disguises herself as a variety of Halloween creatures (ghoul, vampire, mummy, etc). Students can also make text-to-self connections with this, as they can talk about their own costumes!
9. Verbs – flew, howled, screamed, dive, dashed, etc
10. Sequencing and Story Retelling – This is a wonderful book to use for sequencing and story retelling! It has such a clear chain of events! I made a free story grid that you can use to help students retell the story!
It comes with two versions! A blank version so that students can draw their own pictures and a version filled with visual cues! Students can easily look at the grids to help them retell the story! For instance, the first ghost was scared by a skeleton!
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