speech and language teaching concepts for The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ blends (plop, flub, blub)
/tr/ initial
/k/ initial
/r/ initial
/f/ initial
/or/ medial
/g/ medial


back to school

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School

By Deborah Diesen

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.

This hopeful rhyming back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like self-doubt and self-confidence. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for /l/ blends, /tr/, /k/, /r/, /f/, /or/, and /g/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
character analysis​

verbs (regular past tense)
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text 


order of events that leads Mr. Fish to the right classroom


smooch, rush, ​grin, shy, personality, troubles, corridor, rhombus, doubt, division, tough, fret, practice, confidence, pride

Character Analysis:

Mr. Fish learns to believe in himself and that he can succeed in the right environment.


Mr. Fish overcomes his self-doubt and troubles when those around him are at his level.


verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

repetitive text
large text
change in text color

Phonological Awareness:



How do the fish feel on their way to class?
Why do you think Mr. Fish is shyly looking in?
Why do you think he is trying to follow along?
Why is he saying such negative things?
Why does he keep going to different rooms?
How did he feel when he was able to do the work?

Problem Solving:

Mr. Fish has to find a classroom that is right for him and his skills.

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.