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

/sh/ medial
/s/ initial
/s/ blends



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

Hello Ocean

By Pam Muñoz Ryan

Dive into this playful poem about the draw of the shore and the effect the ocean has on all five senses. Relive a day at the beach with this lovely book of memories. You can almost feel the salt spray on your face and smell the musky scent of ocean in the cool morning air. Remember how the sand squishes between your toes as the tide rushes to shore and taste the tang of the ocean on your lips. Spirited language evokes a sense of closeness and nostalgia for an old friend. The inspiration of the ocean will make learning the five senses as easy as a day at the beach. Crisp, realistic illustrations fill the pages with the rush of surf and the warmth of sun-baked sand.

This vivid, rhyming ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address figurative language. It is also great for describing and for targeting /sh/, /s/ blends, and /s/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hello Ocean in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
phonological awareness


chameleon, hue, amber, seaweed, speckled, reflect, nooks, glisten, tide, clang, screak, embrace, refrain, squeal, disclose, fragrant, tales, treasures

Figurative Language:

sensory language
personification (best friend, chameleon always changing hue, bubbly waves that kiss the land, bowl of skies, lion’s roar, crashing rumors, waves that pounce, hear the stories you have to spin, taste your flavors)
similes (tastes like tears)



Text Features:

bold text
moving text

Phonological Awareness:



How does she feel about the ocean?
What do you think the ocean means to her?
Why do you think she keeps coming back to the ocean?
What do you think she thinks about when she is at the beach?


What do you think she means when she says, “I’m here, with the five of me”?
What do you think they will do at the beach?
What do you think they will see?
What stories do you think the ocean can tell?

If you are interested in seeing other ocean/beach books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.