speech and language teaching concepts for The Watermelon Seed in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ch/ initial

Themes:

Summer

Book Details:

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

The Watermelon Seed

By Greg Pizzoli

In this award-winning book for kids, the crocodile has a problem: he loves watermelon, but he’s afraid of what will happen if he eats one of the seeds–there’s only one way to find out! Crocodile loves watermelon, but what will happen when his greatest fear of swallowing a watermelon seed comes to pass? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? Only one thing is certain: his wild imagination will have kids laughing out loud and begging for another read.

This quirky Summer book can be used in speech therapy to target describing and inferencing. It is also great for predicting. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Watermelon Seed in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

inferencing
figurative language
predicting
adjectives
text features

Vocabulary:

best, favorite, breakfast, gulp, salty, swallowed, guts, vines, seed

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

adjectives

Text Features:

capitals
different font sizes
spacing for emphasis
change in text color
exclamation marks

Inferencing:

How do you know the crocodile loves watermelon?
Why is the crocodile scared of swallowing the seed?
Why did the crocodile’s stomach grumble and feel funny?
How do you know at the end of the story, that the crocodile still loves watermelon?

Predicting:

Will the crocodile swallow the seed?
What will happen if/when he does?
Will his skin turn pink?
Will vines grow out of his ears?
Will a watermelon grow in is belly?
How will the seed come out of his belly?

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