speech and language teaching concepts for I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/g/ medial
/th/ initial
/er/ final
/skw
​/ initial

Themes:

summer
ocean

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

By Kevin Sherry

As the hubristic squid goes about bragging, babies and toddlers will get an eyeful of undersea life—from shrimp and jellyfish to turtles and more. With its snappy text and bright, bold artwork, this winning modern classic is guaranteed to have even the youngest of readers grabbing at pages and laughing along.

This fun repetitive summer and ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing and inferencing. It is also great for describing and for targeting sounds including: /g/, /th/, /er/ and /skw/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing​
illustration study​
inferencing​
adjectives​
text features​
repetitive text​

Sequencing:

order of animals the squid compares himself to in the ocean

Vocabulary:

giant, squid, shrimp, clams, crab, jellyfish, turtles, octopus, shark

Grammar:

adjectives
comparative (bigger)
superlative (biggest)

Text Features:

repetitive text​
enlarged text
capitals
exclamation marks

Inferencing:

What animals do you think he is bigger than?
How does he feel about being bigger than the shrimp, clams, crabs, jellyfish, turtles, and octopus?
How does he feel when he sees the shark?
What is the problem?
How does he feel when he gets eaten?
Why does he start to smile?
What could he be thinking with “I realize”?

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