“10 on the sled” is one of my favorite repetitive books for winter. The book is sung to the tune of “10 in the bed”, and song books are generally always a hit with my kids! In a previous post, I wrote about the role of repetitive books in therapy, some of which involved speech sound trials.
When looking for books to use for speech sound trials, you want to find ones that provide a lot of repeated opportunities throughout the book to practice, not just one or two. If you’re looking to use “Ten on the Sled” with students with speech sound goals, here’s what you can target!
(Note: The words listed by target speech sound below are applicable to the hardback and paperback versions of this book only. The board book version is shorter with verses taken out, so all of the following may not be applicable).
“10 on the Sled” provides repeated target practice for:
/SL/ Blends: sled (11x), slip, slide, slid
/K/: Caribou (10x), keep (3x), kept (3x), slicker, quicker (2x), duck
/S/ (singleton): said (10x), sunlit, soon, seal, seven, six, racing, chasing, moose
AIR: Caribou (10x), Bear
ER: quicker (2x), slicker, whirled, lighter, tighter (2x), thunder, under (2x), squirrel
Final Consonant Deletion:
Final /n/: on (12x), moon, one (3x), ten, nine, run, fun, sun, bone
Final /t/: out (9x), night, eight, shot
Vowel-Consonant words: on (12x), out (9x), eight
For more practice with VC words “on” “eight” and “out”:
*ON: Put characters “on” a sled, 1 by 1, and practice “on” as you put each one on before starting the story (or at the very beginning, after you read the first page).
*EIGHT: Count all the animals after they’re on the sled (another opportunity for “eight”), and continue to count them as you read the book, through the page where there are 8 on the sled
*OUT: Take characters out of the sled. Fill in “out” as you read the line in the book, and practice “out” again as you pull the animal off the sled
You can also practice VC word “in” by telling where each character that fell out is, on the next page (“IN the snowball”) and getting additional practice by adding characters “in” the big snowball that’s rolling down the hill in the book if you’re using manipulatives.
Note: Printable pieces of all the characters and the sled and snowball shown above can be found in my “Ten on the Sled” speech and language book companion on TPT.
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