speech and language teaching concepts for Sammy the Seal in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial
/m/ medial
/l/ final

Themes:

zoo

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Sammy the Seal

By Syd Hoff

Sammy, the adventurous seal, leaves the zoo for the day and ventures into the big, busy city. Along the way he finds a school full of kids and new things to do—and he even learns to read! 

This fun zoo book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting comparing and contrasting as well as for predicting! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Sammy the Seal in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
predicting
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
compare/contrast zoo vs. around town

Sequencing:

order of events on Sammy’s day around town

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
compare/contrast zoo vs. around town

Inferencing:

How do you think the animals felt after they ate?
Why do you think Sammy is sad?
Why do you think Sammy wants to go out and look around?
How do you think the townspeople will feel about Sammy being in town?
What might they think when they see him?
How does the man feel when he finds Sammy in his bathtub?
What do the students think about Sammy?
Why did Sammy say that there’s no place like home?

Predicting:

What animals do you think are at the zoo?
What do you think the animals will eat?
What do you think is wrong with Sammy?
What do you think Sammy wants?
Do you think Mr. Johnson will take him out?
What do you think Sammy will see?
What do you think will happen when Sammy goes to school?
What do you think will happen when the teacher finds Sammy?
What do you think he will do at school?
What do you think Sammy will tell the other animals when he gets back?