"Penelope the Purple Pirate" is a book all about a girl named Penelope who does not want to take a nap. Instead, she looks around her room at her various toys and decides to go on a pirate adventure for treasure! The book is not only available as a hard copy, but in app form for the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iBook, Kindle, and Nook.
In my previous review of Penelope the Purple Pirate, I discussed how Penelope is a girl that all young children can relate to. In addition, the story, dialogue, and the illustrations are very creative and pirate oriented such as the different animals having peg legs, hooks, and eye patches. This book is a great addition to any teacher's pirate themed materials!
- Articulation/Voice/Fluency - Have children read the book using appropriate speech sounds, fluent speech, and appropriate voice.
- Expressive Language - Children can create their own pirate story about another Penelope adventure or use their own stuffed animals to create an adventure story! Make sure they use a beginning, middle, and end. Also, children can write a sentence about something in the story using correct word order.
- Receptive Language - Have the child point to different objects and animals in the story. Children can also retell the story in order. Finally, use the questions at the end of the story and have children answer them.
- Vocabulary - There is information about dolphins, turtles, octopuses, and pirates at the end of the book. You can make a list of information about each, compare and contrast different animals, or create a graphic organizer about the characters.
- If you have both the book and the app like me, play the audio from the app and have students read along in the book. Another way to use both is to project the app on the screen and have students follow along or answer questions by looking back in the book!
Other Pirate Activities/Materials to use With the Book or App:
- Have a pirate scavenger hunt in your classroom!
- Play a pirate game - Super Duper Publications has a great pirate related game called "Pirate Talk" that focuses on receptive and expressive language skills; Let's Talk SLP created a pirate barrier game, I Have Who Has? game, articulation coin game, and board game on this Materials Monday post; Speech Room News showcased a pirate ring toss game as well as pirate articulation eye patches on this Preschool Pirates post;
- Pirate book related activities - Speech Time Fun created activities to go along with The Pirate Who Couldn't Say Arrr book
- Pirate decor for your speech room - Cindy Meester posted about when pirates invaded her speech classroom including her doorway
This book is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble for $9.95. It is available as a book on the iPod/iPad in iBooks for $4.99. It is available on the iPod/iPhone for $1.99 and the iPad for $2.99. On the Kindle and Nook, it is available for $4.14.
The author of Consonantly Speaking won a copy of the book and a pirate Build-A-Bear from the iMums. Since she already owned the book, she asked the author, Melissa Northway, if she could give away the second copy to her readers, to which permission was given. No other form of compensation was given.
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