speech and language teaching concepts for Flotsam in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial (flotsam, photo, fish, float)
/p/ initial and final (picture, portrait, microscope)
/er/ medial (camera)
/ch/ final (beach)
/s/ initial (see, sea)
/sh/ medial and final (ocean, fish)



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School


By David Wiesner

A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam–anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep. In each of his amazing picture books, David Wiesner has revealed the magical possibilities of some ordinary thing or happening–a frog on a lily pad, a trip to the Empire State Building, a well-known nursery tale. This time, a day at the beach is the springboard into a wildly imaginative exploration of the mysteries of the deep, and of the qualities that enable us to witness these wonders and delight in them.

This imaginative summer, ocean, and wordless book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and inferencing. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting /f/, /p/, /er/, /ch/, /s/, and /sh/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Flotsam in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:


Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​


Why do you think the boy has a microscope?
How do you think the boy feels about the ocean?
What do you think the boy is thinking when he finds the camera? Does he know what it is?
How does the boy feel while waiting for the film to be developed?
How does the boy feel when he looks at the pictures?
Why do you think the boy used the microscope?
What is the boy thinking when he sees the photos?
Why do you think he threw the camera away?


What do you think the boy will do at the beach?
What do you think the boy is going to do with the film?
What do you think the photos will be of?
What do you think he will take a picture of next?
What do you think he will do with the camera?
What do you think will happen to the camera?

If you are interested in seeing other summer, ocean and wordless books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.