This activity pack is full of language and literacy activities to accompany the book "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" by Lucille Colandro (original story not included in this purchase).
There are 12 engaging activities that can be modified to target a range of student objectives!
Read on to see what is included:
Pages 5-6: Pictures of story words. Cut apart all cards. Suggested use for story participation or matching.
Page 7: Initial sound leaves. Cut apart all cards. Ask students to match the initial sound to the correct story word (pictures from pages 3-4). You can play matching/memory or give student a picture word and ask them to identify the initial sound from a choice of 2-4 leaf cards.
Pages 8-9: Attribute matching mats. Cut the mats into strips (so each strip is an adjective and a “match here” block). You may need to preteach the attributes. Give student an attribute and ask them to identify which story card (pages 3-4) matches. This task can be independent or teacher-led.
Page 10: I have, Who Has..? Story Sequencing game. Cut apart cards. Requires 2-9 players. Hand out all cards to students. The student with the red card starts by saying, “I have the old lady, who has the leaves?” The student with the leaves card goes next, and play continues in order. The student with the scarecrow card wins.
Pages 11-12: Rhyme matching. Cut apart all cards. Place cards face down and play matching/memory. Students must match rhyming words from a scarecrow card and a crow card. Alternatively, distribute either scarecrow or crow cards to students. Present them with a set of choices from the opposite card and ask them to identify the rhyme pair.
Pages 13-21: Pronoun identification, following directions, and embedded concepts. Cut apart the Old Lady and Scarecrow mats (page 13). Cut apart the direction cards (pages 14-18) and sort into piles (yellow  cards, blue  cards, and purple  cards). Cut apart the picture cards (pages 19-21) and sort into blue and purple cards. All game play will use the yellow  cards which includes pronoun comprehension of “he, she, him, her.” Depending on learning targets and level of difficulty, choose to play with either the blue  (easy) or purple  (embedded concepts) cards and the corresponding answer picture cards. Ask student to draw a  and a  card. Read the direction and give the student 2-4 answer cards to complete the task. The student is successful if they place the correct answer card on the correct mat.
Pages 22-24: Verb fill-in. Cut apart all cards. The set includes 8 regular verbs (Old Ladies) and 4 irregular verbs (scarecrows). Read the sentence to the student and ask them to fill in the blank with the correct past or future tense verb. Great for play with a reinforcement activity such as in between turns in matching/memory or Spin a Scarecrow.
Pages 25-26: What’s different? worksheets. Cut into strips or keep as worksheets. Ask a student to identify which item is different or which one does not belong compared to the other items in the row.
Pages 27-29: Sequential concepts “before/after” cards. Cut page 27 into two strips, and adhere in a line in story order (so the Old Lady is first and the Scarecrow is last). Cut pages 28-29 into task cards (each task card has a direction header, a story picture, and arrow). Ask student to draw a card and identify what the Old Lady swallowed before or after that item. Students may line up the item on the task card with the item on the story strip and follow the arrow for a visual prompt.
Page 30: Sequencing puzzle. Cut strips apart (do not cut the bottom pictures from the long strip above – you should have 9 pieces). Ask student to complete the puzzle then retell the story using the picture prompts that run alongside the bottom of the puzzle. Encourage using sequencing and transitional words like “first,” “next,” and “last.” This task can be completed with adult guidance, in a group, or as an independent activity.
Page 31: Wh- Question worksheet. One of each who, what, when, where, and why questions for story comprehension with picture prompts for who, what, when, and where. Use before the story to make predictions or after the story to check comprehension.
Pages 32-35: Spin a Scarecrow reinforcement game. Cut apart the 4 scarecrow mat cards (pages 32-33). Cut apart the tokens (page 34). Cut out the spinner and arrow (page 35); attach the arrow to the spinner using a brad. To play: students take turns spinning the spinner and trying to collect all the items they need to make a scarecrow (2 red leaves, 2 yellow leaves, 1 green leaf, 1 pumpkin, 1 shirt, 1 pair of pants, 1 pole, 1 rope, and 2 hays). If a student spins an item he/she already has, their turn is over. The first student to collect all 12 pieces of their scarecrow wins.
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