speech and language teaching concepts for Over and Under the Pond in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ vocalic
/r/ initial
/s/and /s/ blends
/l/and /l/ blends

Themes:

summer
pond
how the ecosystem works

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Over and Under the Pond

By Kate Messner

An entertaining and educational look at the beauty the ecosystem has to offer. Stunning illustrations paired with an easy-to-follow storyline make this a great read for any student. Inspires a love of nature and encourages young minds to explore the world around them.

This easy-to-use summer and pond book can be used in speech therapy to address rich vocabulary and comparing and contrasting, as well as figurative language. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Over and Under the Pond in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

compare/contrast
vocabulary
illustration study
figurative language
adjectives
verbs (present tense)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structures
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Vocabulary:

reeds, reflecting, skim, drift, shelter, rustle, prowling, dart, etc.

Figurative Language:

metaphors (water’s a mirror)
onomatopoeias (splash, gurgle, sploosh)
personification of the pond

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (present tense)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structures

Text Features:

italics
dashes
ellipsis
question marks
exclamation marks
glossary of animals
all CAPS for emphasis
change in font size and font features
repetitive text: “Over the pond” “Under the pond”

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

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