There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose Sequence & Retelling Craft

Rated 4.92 out of 5, based on 12 reviews
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Grade Levels
PreK - 2nd
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32 pages
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My students absolutely loved this activity! The Little Old Lady Who is one of my favorite books and my kiddos had a great time making and using this activity!
Goofy book, great supporting activity. I printed the teacher version on 11x17 and the kids loved it. Thank you!


Quick, easy and fun story craft that will help your students (K-2nd) retell "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose" . Engaging craft for your Valentine’s Day party too.

Teacher Comments:

  • "My students really enjoyed making this and putting the things that happened in the story in order."
  • “Loved it!”

There are 4 “cover” options available. Pick your favorite or give children a choice.

All of them are easy-peasy to cut, as they are in a box shape; however, you can also choose to cut around the little old lady’s head.

Having several options make things easy to diversify your lessons.

Teacher Comment:

  • "Special Education friendly."

Check out the PREVIEW for samples.

Children color, cut & glue their slider strips together, then insert it into the “slits” of their cover.

As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner.

I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children.

We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose” slider of their own.

As always, both color, as well as black & white patterns are included.

For an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” worksheet, where students color and trim the picture tiles then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.

Use the teacher’s colorful copy as a whole group activity, sequencing the story as you read it, then again as a review afterwards. Grab that teachable moment to practice ordinal numbers as well.

For writing practice, there’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing.

Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger kiddos, discussing beginning, middle & end.

Another teacher's IDEA:

  • “I created a headband using the retelling strip for a character parade.”

I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy making a slider as much as mine do.

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32 pages
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