speech and language teaching concepts for The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ar/ medial
/sh/ initial and final
/b/ initial
/f/ initial
/l/ initial and final
/ch/ final



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

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

By Ken Geist

A hilarious retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with foil on the cover! Mama tells her three little fish that it’s time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his house of sand, but the shark crunches it up. It’s smart Kim who sets up house in an old sunken ship! Children will delight in this silly story with funny, eye-popping illustrations. And there’s foil on the cover!

This funny summer and ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like sticking together and helping each other in the midst of danger. It is also great for targeting inferencing, predicting, and rhyming. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text


order of houses that the fish found or built and what the shark did to the houses


sea, seaweed, building, knocking, trembled, smash, munch, worry, relax, safe


The mama fish sends her 3 fish children out to go find houses of their own to gain independence. They have to overcome obstacles to find safety from the shark. The siblings stick together and help each other to escape the shark and find a safe place to live.


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

enlarged text
moving text
repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



Why is the mama fish sending her children to find a house of their own?
How do you think the fish feel to build their own houses?
How does the shark feel when he approaches each fish and their house?
How do the fish feel when the shark knocks on their doors?
What do the fish do to help each other?
How do you think the fish feel in the end when they are safe at last?


Where will the fish find their houses?
What do you think they will build their houses out of?
Will the shark eat through the seaweed and sand house?
What will happen to the fish? Will they get away in time?
Where will the fish go to next?
Will the shark be able to munch through the house made from an old ship?
Will the 3 fish live together in the last house?

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