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

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/f/ initial
/sh/ initial and final
/bl/

Themes:

ocean
helping others
feelings/emotions

Book Details:

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

The Pout-Pout Fish

By Deborah Diesen

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn't really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen's fun fish story that's sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

This charming ocean-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional topics like encouraging others and differentiating emotions/feelings. It is also great for inferencing and targeting rhyming.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Pout-Pout Fish in speech therapy below: 

 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
phonological awareness
verbs (present tense)
verbs (action)
adjectives
social/emotional
character analysis
theme/message
repetitive text
text features
sequencing
inferencing
predicting

Sequencing:

order of events that led to Mr. Fish’s pout pout face turning into a kiss kiss face
order of friends that tried to cheer up Mr. Fish

Vocabulary:

pout, grin, advice, frown, ocean, scowl, joy, hope, destined, astounded

Character Analysis:

Mr. Fish is convinced that he cannot do anything but pout until he is kissed by another fish. He learns that he doesn’t have to remain in his pouty mood. His sadness turned to happiness.

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
complex emotions (happiness, gloomy, weary, hope, cheery, etc.)
encouraging others

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

italics
bolded font
colored font
repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Why is Mr. Fish pouting?
How do you know he is pouting?
What does Mr. Fish’s face say about the way he feels?
How do you think Mr. Fish feels?
Why are his friends trying to cheer him up?
How does Mr. Fish feel at the end of the story? How do you know?
What helped Mr. Fish turn his frown upside down?

Predicting:

Will Mr. Fish stay sad and pouting?
Who will help to cheer him up?