Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Welcome to Wild About Books Wednesday! Each Wednesday, I share a book that can be used in speech/language therapy! I feature idea lists, book companions, and even blog-exclusive freebies! I also invite other bloggers to share their own ideas! If you're a blogger, I'd love if you would join this wild romp! Just use the picture at the end of this post to link back to me. If you've visited my blog, it's no secret.. I love the Old Lady! The repetition found in these books are perfect for children with language disorders. Today, I'm highlighting There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie! I made a little companion that is designed to be used with Lucille Colandro's book.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie: Book Companion can be found in my TPT store by clicking HERE.

One of the best ways to foster background knowledge is to introduce a child to a book series. I've mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating! Students will come to know the characters, which will support comprehension. The Old Lady series is a MUST for any speech room. It's the perfect book series, as it follows a very repetitive format.

This book companion contains a variety of materials to use to work on sequencing and story retelling! Students can feed the Old Lady cards while they retell the story or use the retelling map. I usually have both activities going on simultaneously in my speech room! While one student is feeding granny, another student is using the retelling map.
This companion also contains comprehension cards with visual cues and a card game that addresses temporal directions! This book series is a great tool to support temporal concepts. You can talk about what granny ate before and after different items!
Rhyming! This is certainly a higher level skill, but each year I always have a handful of students with phonological awareness goals. This companion contains a rhyming bingo game. In my room, most of my students are non-readers, so this game transforms into a rhyming discrimination task. I point out two words on their bingo card and then they determine which one rhymes! You can also have students produce rhyming words and then help them find the word on their bingo card. It's super flexible and you can change the game to fit your own needs.
This companion also contains a game called "Put a Roll On It!" Print out a turkey and the rolls. Then have students place the rolls around the turkey according to the preposition printed on the roll. There are also some NO PREP activities for articulation (color, cut, glue) and some matching/memory games for irregular plurals and past tense.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving books? Admittedly, this isn't my favorite holiday so I need to beef up my collection!

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  1. I'm using this book as well, but am also using a different one for my lower language kids! They love the Old Lady!!

  2. Love this book!!! Your book companion looks so cute!! :)

  3. I love A Turkey for Thanksgiving! Such a fun book!

  4. You know mine: A Turkey for Thanksgiving, but you can't beat the Old Lady for some fun!