FREEBIE Down By the Cool of the Pool Book Companion for Speech Therapy

Grade Levels
PreK - 1st
Formats Included
  • PDF
17 pages of content


Use this FREE NO PREP book companion reference guide for Down by the Cool of the Pool to create a fun and engaging therapy session without needing expensive materials. Contains ideas for additional fine and gross motor activities to encourage generalization and carryover of skills and make the lesson more interactive for students. Great for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students in speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education, and general education classrooms. Target many different speech/language areas including the following: articulation, apraxia (VC, CV, CVC, and multi-syllabic words), verbs, synonyms, higher-level vocabulary, basic concepts, story retell, comprehension, compare/contrast, social skills, and MORE! 

Use the reference guide to target many goals:

  • Articulation
  • Apraxia
  • Phonological processes/patterns
  • Multi-syllabic words
  • WH questions
  • Verbs
  • Synonyms
  • Tier 2 vocabulary
  • Basic concepts
  • Story retell
  • Comprehension
  • Compare/contrast
  • Social skills


  • Common Core Standards
  • List of therapy targets for the following areas: articulation, phonological processes/patterns, apraxia, phonological awareness, language, social skills, fluency
  • List of additional therapy ideas (fine motor/sensory and gross motor)
  • List of articulation targets (see below)
  • List of phonology targets (see below)
  • List of simple syllable shapes (VC, CV, CVC), early-developing sounds, and multi-syllabic words
  • 50 Comprehension Questions
  • List of language targets (see below)
  • Predicting and inferencing questions
  • Quick reference of events sequenced for story retell
  • Frog picture (black and white) for additional activities
  • Pond picture (black and white) for additional activities


  • Articulation - all sounds, including blends (S, L, & R), SH, CH, J, TH
  • Phonological patterns/processes- initial consonant deletion, final consonant deletion, cluster reduction (initial and final blends), stopping, deaffrication/depalatalization, backing, fronting, prevocalic voicing, postvocalic devoicing, & liquid gliding
  • Apraxia- simple syllable shapes (VC, CV, CVC), early-developing sounds, & multi-syllabic words
  • Language-story retell, verbs (ing, past tense, 3rd person singular), pronouns/possessives, plurals, adjectives/describing words, spatial concepts, quantity concepts, temporal concepts, comparatives/superlatives (e.g. better, best, most), negation concepts, synonyms, antonyms, higher-level vocabulary, compare/contrast, & social skills
  • Additional Concepts- Ideas for additional extension topics (e.g. additional language targets, science, etc.)

NOTE: Story NOT included. This is ONLY a book companion to work on a variety of speech therapy goals. I am not affiliated with the author of this book.


Use this reference guide to target any of the above concepts! After reading the vocabulary, make connections using the higher-level vocabulary and antonyms/synonyms lists! Make sure to use all of your target speech sounds!

➜Print and place inside your copy of the story for a quick and easy reference.

➜Use digitally as a reference guide to plan your therapy session and choose your targets.

Look at the preview (and zoom in) to see what's included and to view the target lists up close!

For additional pictures and descriptions, see the guest blog post I wrote found HERE.



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