There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Retelling Pack is intended to be used after reading the book by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee. The Old Lady books are a favorite of my little ones! These packs help work on retelling and sequencing skills while having a whole lot of fun!
• Vocabulary Cards: Print on cardstock, laminate, and cut apart words or leave as a poster. Preview vocabulary from the story prior to reading and/or review vocabulary after reading the story. Place in writing center, pocket chart, or back with magnetic tape and use on magnetic board/cookie sheet. I have my students pick a card, write it down and draw a picture to illustrate the word.
• Story retelling cards: Print, laminate, and cut out. Give students a picture to hold during the story. When that student’s part is read he/she will hold up the picture. Print off two copies and play a memory type game. Also can be used with the cut and paste retelling activity to help little ones identify the picture needed.
• Old Lady Puppet: Pieces to use with a puppet. Use the old lady head and a paper bag or large Ziploc bag to make a puppet if you do not have one.
• Individual Puppet Pieces: Students color (optional) and cut apart the puppet retelling pieces. Staple or glue the old lady head to a small lunch bag or a Ziploc baggie. Retell the story in the order the old lady swallowed the pieces. Students find and place those pieces in their bags.
• Story sequencing: Cut and glue picture in order of the things the old lady swallowed in the story.
• There Was an Old Lady Essential Questions: Students can circle or color the correct answer.
• There Was an Old Lady Emergent Reader: A simpler version of the story to encourage retelling by young readers.
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