speech and language teaching concepts for How to Catch a Dinosaur in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/d/ initial
/n/ medial
/s/ medial
/or/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

How to Catch a Dinosaur

By Adam Wallace

Do dinosaurs still walk among us? Sure, no one has seen one, but if alligators, whales, and even birds still exist, then dinosaurs must too, right? Join the daring Catch Club Kids as they try to wrangle a dinosaur in time for the school science fair and prove they’re still around! Parents, young readers, dinosaur lovers, and educators alike will roar with laughter in this dinosaur picture book that blends STEAM concepts with hilarity and clever chaos. Do YOU have what it takes to pluck a prehistoric pal?

This fun, rhyming dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address vocabulary, sequencing and predicting. It is also great for noticing illustrations and text features! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How to Catch a Dinosaur in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
phonological awareness
text features


order of traps set to try to catch the dinosaur


trap, fair, science, trail, venus flytrap, glance, clever, dodge, reptile, in store, prehistoric, resist, engineer, lucky

Figurative Language:


Text Features:

change in font
enlarged text
change in text color
question marks
exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:



How did they feel when they saw the venus flytrap?
How does the dinosaur keep getting away?
How do they feel about their plans?
How do they feel when they don’t work?
Why did they try each of those things?
How did his friends make him feel better?


How do you think they will catch a dinosaur?
How will they use the first clue?
What will they try next, etc.?
Do you think it will work?
What do you think they will use for the science fair?
Where do you think the dinosaur is?

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