speech and language teaching concepts for Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fl/ initial
/n/ final
/k/ initial
/sh/ initial
/t/ medial and final
/p/ initial, medial and final
/r/ initial, medial and final

Themes:

dinosaur
ocean
pirate
adventure
helping others
bravery

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

By Giles Andreae

When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn's help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble….Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs?

This brave dinosaur, ocean and pirate book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting. It is also great for noticing character expressions and illustrations as well as for describing using a variety of adjectives and verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
illustration study
inferencing
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (linguistic)
text features

Vocabulary:

cupboard, shudder, crept, captain, precious, blustered, bravely, beloved, brandished, gleaming, cutlass, hope, reclaim, telescope, ordinary, helm, terror, ferocious, duel, greed, exhausted, surrender, spare, harbour, clambered

Social/Emotional:

Flinn demonstrates bravery and steps up to the challenge of being the Captain.

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (clang, clash, swish, splash)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

ellipses
capitals
dialogue
bolded text
moving text
change in font
change in text size
exclamation points

Inferencing:

What is Flinn thinking in the cupboard?
How does he feel when he hears the noise?
How did Flinn feel when he lifted up the curtain?
How does the Captain feel?
How do they feel as they board the ship?
Why do you think Captain Flinn stammered?
How did Tyrannosaurus Rex feel looking down at Flinn?
What was Tyrannosaurus Rex thinking?
How did Captain Flinn feel now?
What was he thinking?
How did Tyrannosaurus Rex feel when they were done dueling?
What did Captain Flinn think of Tyrannosaurus Rex?
Why did they creep back into class?

Predicting:

What do you think Flinn will find when he goes into the cupboard?
Who do you think is there?
What do you think is wrong with the Captain?
What do you think they will do?
What do you think they need to look like pirates?
What do you think they will find aboard the Acorn?
How do you think they will get the ship back?
Who do you think was left on the ship?
What do you think will happen if they duel?

If you are interested in seeing other pirate-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Narrative Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.