speech and language teaching concepts for Big Shark Little Shark in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ final
/k/ final
/r/ medial
/l/ initial and medial
/sh/ initial and final

Themes:

ocean

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Big Shark, Little Shark

By Anna Membrino

Just when you thought it was safe to read an early reader . . . SHARK! This fun Step 1 book about two sharks is a study in opposites. Big Shark has big teeth; Little Shark has little teeth. Big Shark swims fast; Little Shark swims slow. But they are both hungry! Will they each succeed in finding a tasty snack? Little Shark is hoping that he won’t become fast food for Big Shark!

This cute ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting /g/, /k/, /r/, /l/ and /sh/ sounds as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Big Shark, Little Shark in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
inferencing
figurative language
predicting
adjectives
opposites
verbs (present tense)
text features

Sequencing:

order of events that leads to the sharks catching some fish

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (chomp, yum)

Grammar:

adjectives
opposites
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

capitals

Inferencing:

How does the Big Shark feel when he is about to eat the little fish?
How does the little fish feel?
How does the Big Shark feel when the little fish swims away?
What does Little Shark think when he sees the big fish?
What did the big fish tell the Little Shark?
How do they feel at the end?

Predicting:

What do you think will happen when Big Shark tries to eat little fish?
What do you think will happen when Little Shark tries to eat the big fish?
How else do you think they could catch some fish?