speech and language teaching concepts for There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/th/ initial
/m/ initial and medial
/d/ initial and final
/sw/ initial
/sh/ initial
/k/ final

Themes:

ocean

Book Details:

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

There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark

By Lucille Colandro

Scholastic's bestselling Old Lady is starring in a brand-new adventure series that will make you laugh AND learn! In this new spin-off, the Old Lady turns into an Old Mermaid, travels down into the ocean, and swallows a shark . . . and a squid, and a fish, and an eel, and a crab, and a sea star, and a clam . . . Why? Well, it was fun to cram her mouth with a clam! Two new characters lead the reader through this hilarious adventure while exchanging some awesome facts about the creatures down under for a light take on nonfiction that's perfect for this age. With expanded sea creature back matter and a search-and-find game at the end, this Old Mermaid is making quite a splash!

This silly ocean book can be used in speech therapy to focus on sequencing, rhyming, and predicting. It is also great for targeting the following sounds: /th/, /m/, /d/, /sw/, /sh/, and /k/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
sequencing​
illustration study​
predicting​
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
subjective pronouns (she)
WH questions (why and who)
text features​
phonological awareness​
repetitive text​

Sequencing:

order of sea creatures that the old mermaid swallowed

Vocabulary:

mermaid, squid, propelled, feat, eel, fluorescent, spare, stray, clam, pretend

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
subjective pronouns (she)
WH questions (why and who)

Text Features:

repetitive text
speech bubbles
glossary

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

Why so you think swallowed the shark?
What do you think she will swallow next?
What do you think will happen to the old mermaid in the end?