The Great Race (Speech Therapy Book Companion)

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Celebrate Lunar New Year with a great story about the Chinese Zodiac! Plus practice speech and language skills with games, sentence frames, and writing.

This unit is designed to accompany the story, “The Great Race” by Dawn Casey. The activities in this unit are designed to foster language and articulation skills while also learning from a great picture book.

The book is not included in this download. However, it is available for sale online, at your library, or by watching a video read aloud.

I highly recommend putting each section into a page protector sleeve and then clipping all of the sleeves together. This method of organization makes it very easy to find and organize your materials.

Note about Levels:

Level 1 K-1st grade common core state standards language skills

Level 2 2nd-3rd grade common core state standards language skills

Level 3 4th+ grade common core state standards language skills

Activities and worksheets are aligned with Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1 Participate in conversations

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3 Ask and answer questions, summarize

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6 Express thoughts clearly and in complete sentences

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1 Use standard English grammar

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4 Define and clarify new vocabulary

This book companion includes:


✔ 24 mixed /l/ and /l-blends/ Articulation Cards (pages 2-4)

✔ 24 mixed /s, z/ and /s-blends/ Articulation Cards (pages 5-7)

✔ 24 mixed /r/ and /r-blends/ Articulation Cards (pages 8-10)

✔ 100s Challenge (page 11)

Level 1 (K-1st grade language level)

✔ Antonyms (pages 1-5)

✔ Grammar (present progressive) (pages 6-12)

✔ Basic Concepts (prepositions, superlatives) (pages 13-17)

Level 2 (2nd-3rd grade language level)

✔ Vocabulary (pages 1-6)

✔ Compare/Contrast (pages 7-11)

✔ Perspective Taking (pages 12-16)

Level 3 (4th+ grade language level)

✔ Vocabulary (pages 1-6)

✔ Expressions (pages 7-11)

✔ Think & Explain (pages 12-17)

Story Comprehension (All Levels)

✔ Story Comprehension Spinner

✔ Story Map

✔ Story Retelling Rubric

See all of my Lunar New Year Activities:

Lunar New Year Bundle

The Great Race

Zodiac Animal Phrases

Lunar New Year Comprehension Activities



"My students LOVED reading this book so much that it's definitely in my rotation each year now. Love the companion packet - thank you!!"

"What a phenomenal book companion! thank you for creating such a great product and for all levels as well. I can't wait to see what you do next year!"



Hi! I'm Cheri, SLP and doctoral student. I'm an Ivy League graduate and creator of one of the first and longest-running speech therapy blogs in the world, Super Power Speech. Since graduating with my master's degree in 2000, I have worked in schools, clinics, hospitals, and private practice. I am a national presenter and have taught students around the world in my online courses. In my free time, you can find me playing soccer with my two teens or reading three books at the same time (in front of the fire, while crocheting).

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