It's Wild About Books Wednesday! And I'm wild about The Little Red Hen! She's my home girl.
One of my favorite books to use in therapy is The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges. In fact, I love this book so much I made a speech & language companion to accompany it. It's such a versatile book and most students come in with a morsel of background knowledge to build upon.
You can find this book companion here.
Comprehension. It's why we read. So of course this companion contains a comprehension game! Students draw comprehension cards, answer questions, and take turns using a pizza game board! This book lends itself so well to higher levels of thinking, so right-there to inferential questions are covered.
One thing I always target with my older students is context clues! Chances are our language delayed students have no clue what a delicatessen is or even what a hardware store is. So my students and I scrutinize The Little Red Hen's wagon each time she leaves a different store to figure out what kind of store she visited. She leaves the hardware store with a pizza pan, nails, a sink, a broom, annnnnnd some other stuff! With a little scaffolding students are able to figure out that a Hardware Store sells household goods. Her wagon always contains lots of clues and it's a great vocabulary building exercise.
Lastly, comparing and contrasting! I always read an alternative version so students can compare the two stories. I would recommend The Little Red Hen by Barry Downard. It's the traditional story, but with hilarious photographs incorporated into the artwork. My students always crack up looking at the pictures.
Kickin' it old school with a blackboard, chalk, and a crooked venn diagram!
*sips some chickweed tea*