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

/k/ initial
/ch/ final
/m/ initial
/er/ medial and final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

How to Catch a Mermaid

By Adam Wallace

Many claim to have caught a mermaid, but can YOU? Perfect for mermaid lovers, this funny mermaid picture book is brimming with fun STEAM-based traps and offers an irresistible under-the-sea adventure that parents, educators, and children will love! Filled with plenty of laughs to go around, this under the sea adventure is the a fun gift book for kids!

This fun, enchanting summer book can be used in speech therapy to focus on sequencing, problem solving, and predicting. It is also great for targeting rhyming as well as the following sounds: /k/, /ch/, /m/, and /er/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How to Catch a Mermaid in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
verbs (present tense)
verbs (action)
text features
phonological awareness


order of events that took place in order to try to catch the mermaid


catch, mermaid, adventures, team, trap, tide pool, jewelry box, treasure, crown, lure, sparkly, clam, snapping, prize, lasso, seaweed, funky, scary, submarine, creaky, doomed, courageous, clever


verbs (present tense)
verbs (action)

Text Features:

bolded text
colored text
different fonts for target words
capital letters

Phonological Awareness:



How will the children catch the mermaid?
What will they use to catch her?
Will the treasure or crown get her?
What will they plan next?
What will happen when the children see the shark?
What will they do with the submarine?
How will the children escape the sharks?
Where did the mermaid go in the end of the story?

Problem Solving:

The children come up with different schemes to catch a mermaid. Will their plan work?

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