speech and language teaching concepts for Splat the Cat Back to School Splat in speech therapy​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/s/ initial
/st/ medial
/spl/ initial
/k/ initial​

Themes:

back to school

Book Details:

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

Splat the Cat Back to School, Splat

By Rob Scotton

It’s the first day of school, and there’s only time for Splat to share one of his summer adventures with the class. Will it be the time he went searching for pirate treasure? Or the time he went swimming with sharks in the ocean? But before the end of the day, Splat knows exactly what to talk about—and it’s the biggest surprise of all!

This light-hearted back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like appreciating time with siblings. It is also great for noticing character expressions and illustrations as well as for sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Splat the Cat Back to School, Splat in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of events during Splat’s summer

Social/Emotional:

Splat tries to act cool around his sister whenever she wants to be included over the summer. They both have different perspectives on their experiences but in the end Splat realizes that it was fun having her around.

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Inferencing:

How does Splat feel about his first day of school?
Why was his tail dragging behind him?
How does Splat feel about his assignment?
How did Splat feel about his sister tagging along?
What’s the difference in each of their results?
Why do you think Splat says that each activity isn’t for his sister?
How do you think he wants to appear to her?
Why do you think Splat brought his little sister to school?

Predicting:

What do you think Splat will do at school?
What are some things you think Splat did over the summer?
What do you think Splat will choose for his assignment?
What do you think Splat will say each time his sister asks to be included?
Who do you think Splat might bring for his assignment?

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