speech and language teaching concepts for Love Splat in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends
/k/ initial
/l/

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
kindness/bullying

Book Details:

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

Love, Splat

By Rob Scotton

The second hilarious story about Splat the Cat, the irresistible character from Rob Scotton, bestselling creator of Russell the Sheep Splat the cat is desperate to become friends with one of the girls at school! But he's much too shy to talk to her. However will he get her attention? Perhaps Valentine's Day will provide the perfect opportunity?

This hilarious and sweet Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional concepts like self-confidence, kindness, and bullying. It is also great for illustration study and inferencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Love, Splat in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episodes

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
inferencing
character analysis
predicting
illustration study
figurative language
sequencing
social/emotional
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
prepositional phrases

Sequencing:

order of events at school leading up to Kitten finding Splat’s valentine for her

Vocabulary:

certain, ignored, gazed, bumped, wobbled, swapped, clutching, smugly

Character Analysis:

Splat the cat is nervous, but excited to give Kitten a valentine. He loses confidence when he compares his valentine with Spike’s.

Spike is super confident in himself. He teases Splat for not having a valentine as good as his. He centers his valentine for Kitten around himself rather than her.

Social/Emotional:

how do you think Splat felt before leaving for school?
what did Kitten do every time she saw Splat? How did this make Splat feel?
how did Spike greet Splat?
was it kind for Spike to say, “You are so lucky that I like you.”
how does Splat feel after reading Kitten’s card?
what words are used to describe emotions felt?

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias
simile
metaphor

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

change in font
text inside illustrations
ALL CAPS
repetitive text
ellipsis

Inferencing:

use the illustrations to infer the emotions being expressed

Why would Splat be discouraged by Spike’s out-stretched arms?
Why would Splat be discouraged by seeing Spike’s valentine for Kitten?

Predicting:

Who do you think Spike made a valentine for?
Do you think Kitten will see Splat’s card?
Do you think Kitten will be impressed by Spike’s card?
Do you think Kitten made Splat a card?

If you are interested in using Love, Splat in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.