speech and language teaching concepts for Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/th/ initial
/k/ initial
/t/ initial, medial and final
/ts/ medial
/sp/ initial
/er/ final
/kl/ initial
/sh/ medial
/r/ initial



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider

By James Dean

Pete the Cat’s cool adaptation of the classic children’s song “Itsy Bitsy Spider” will have have young readers laughing and singing along. The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain…. As the itsy bitsy spider struggles, Pete and his friends know just what to do to help out!

This lyrical spiders book can be used in speech therapy to address themes of friendship and perseverance. It is also great for problem solving, sequencing, and for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving​
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (linguistic)
text features​
phonological awareness​
repetitive text


order of events that gets the spider to the top


verbs (present progressive)
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

repetitive text
enlarged text
song lyrics

Phonological Awareness:



Where do you think the spider wants to go?
How do you think Pete will help the spider not get washed out?
What do you think is in the boxes?
What do you think the spider will do next?
Do you think the shoes will help the spider get to the top?

Problem Solving:

Pete the Cat and his friends come up with a plan to help the spider get up the spout.

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