speech and language teaching concepts for Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/v/ medial
/er/ final
/sh/ medial
/n/ final
/l/ initial and medial
/m/ initial
/th/ medial
/s/ initial

Themes:

ocean
counting

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef

By Marianne Berkes

Brilliant artwork is the star of this oceanic counting book, based on the classic children's song “Over in the Meadow”. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfish that “puff,” gruntfish that “grunt” and seahorses that “flutter,” and begin to appreciate the animals in the ocean. And the clay art will inspire many a project.

This colorful rhyming ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for targeting describing with a variety of verbs, prepositional phrases, and adjectives! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
predicting
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
prepositional phrases
text features
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

order of animals in the coral reef

Vocabulary:

octopus, squirt, reef, parrotfish, grind, anemone, clownfish, dart, sandy, stingray, stir, scuba diver, pufferfish, puff, somersault, dolphin, angelfish, graze, streamlined, skitter, drift, grunt, den, seahorse, flutter, creature

Grammar:

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

Text Features:

counting
enlarged numbers
repetitive text: “over in the ocean”
search and find
animal glossary
fact or fiction
song
facts

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Why did the mother tell her baby octopus to squirt?
Why did the mother tell her baby parrotfish to grind?
Why did the mother tell her baby clownfish to dart?
Why did the mother tell her baby stingray to stir?
Why did the mother tell her baby pufferfish to puff?
Why did the mother tell her baby dolphin to jump?
Why did the mother tell her baby angelfish to graze?
Why did the mother tell her baby needlefish to skitter?
Why did the mother tell her baby gruntfish to grunt?
Why did the father tell his baby seahorses to flutter?

Predicting:

What animal do you think will be next?
What do you think the mother will have the kids do?