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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books Reading Activities

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books Reading Activities

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Printables, Activities, Centers


Back to School, Vocabulary, Writing

She swallowed books? The back-to-school favorite, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books, by Lucille Colandro is a fun read aloud to start the school year. Then extend your shared reading by having students complete a variety of reading, writing, math, and craft activities.

Can you tell me more about the types of reading activities?

There are activities to practice retelling, sequencing, vocabulary, and rhyming.

* Cut and paste pictures with ordinal numbers

* Hands-on “Feed the Old Lady” with retelling strips

* Sequencing cut and paste with writing lines

* Write the Room with story vocabulary
* Rhyming card game

* Vocabulary word search

How is writing incorporated?
There are four decorative writing page options that can be used for retelling, writing an alternate ending to the story, creating their own version, or writing about back-to-school and displays with their craft. The pages do not have prompts on them, so you can use them in whichever way works best for your students.

What is the math connection?

There are two color-by-code addition worksheets that are related to the story. One has sums from 5 to 10 and the other sums from 10-20.

Does the craft require a lot of extra materials?

No, the backpack and school supply student introduction craft only requires printing two pages for each student. They will also need crayons or colored pencils, scissors, and glue.

There are so many reading activities! How do I fit these all into a week?

It is intended that some are presented as options, so you are not likely to use every page. One way you might utilize this resource:

Monday – read the story and have students practice retelling

Tuesday – choose a writing option to begin

Wednesday – color-by-code addition/start craft activity

Thursday – complete and share writing

Friday – complete craft and any unfinished center activities

CENTERS: Use sequencing, word search, write the room, and/or rhyming game for centers throughout the week.

Do you have any other reading activities for the Old Lady series?

Yes, I have several similar Old Lady book companion resources.

*This resource was created to be used following reading the story to your class. The book is NOT included.

Thank you for visiting Resource Ranch! If you have found these reading activities helpful for your students, please let other teachers know in the comments. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

3 reviews
    leanne S.
    22 Jul 2023
    Children loved this activity. They were engaged and it was a very useful resource.
    Deanna D.
    22 Jul 2023
    Great resource for this back to school favorite!
    jessica K.
    22 Jul 2023