speech and language teaching concepts for Pond Walk in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial
/m/ initial and medial
/p/ initial
/dr/ initial



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

Pond Walk

By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Buddy and his mother are spending a relaxing day at Pete’s Pond. As Mama tells Buddy about the animals, bugs, and plants they see, Buddy sketches them on his drawing pad. Ducks! Whirligig beetles! Lily pads! Buddy is curious about everything, but most of all, he hopes to see a turtle. And he does―but not the kind he expected! This book, illustrated with photographs and cut-paper artwork, is a perfect introduction to environmental science and biology, but will also be useful to all enthusiastic pond goers. A make-a-rock turtle craft activity is included.

This joke filled pond book can be used in speech therapy to address pond life vocabulary, sequencing and describing. It is also great for targeting /b/, /m/, /p/ and /dr/ sounds. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pond Walk in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (linguistic verbs)


order of items Buddy finds in the pond


iron, chatter, beetle, cattail plant, duckweed, mass, water lilies, stems, lily pads, damselfly, salamander, pond skater, reptiles, limnologist

Figurative Language:

puns (jokes)


verbs (linguistic verbs)

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