Wednesday, December 3, 2014

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell (Plus Freebies!)

Welcome back to Wild About Books Wednesday! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving - I definitely gobbled until I wobbled! haha.. If you're new around here (welcome!), each Wednesday I discuss how to use a specific book in therapy. I also invite other bloggers to link up with a new or recent post to share their own ideas! I've never mentioned this before, but you can definitely link up with a Facebook note if you don't have a blog! The more ideas, the better! All you have to do is link back to me using the picture at the end of this post!

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This week marks the return of my favorite pica-having, happy-go-lucky old lady! I'm sharing some ideas, a freebie, AND a book companion for There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro. The Wild About Books Wednesday trifecta! haha!
It's no secret that I love this book series! Its repetitive nature makes it a wonderful tool to use in therapy. Book series are also great for building background knowledge and supporting students as they make text-to-text connections!

Here are a few ideas on how you can use this book in therapy:
1) Compare/Contrast - The old lady swallows tons of Christmas themed items! This is the perfect opportunity to talk about the similarities and differences of each object.
2) Cause/Effect - This book provides a variety of opportunities to discuss cause/effect.
3) Why ?s - There is a reason why she swallowed each object (except the bell!).. This book will help provide lots of guided repetitions for answering why ?s.

 Are you ready for some FREEBIES?! After all, this is the season of giving! :)

I created three pages that are designed to spark discussions about the book! The first is a writing prompt about what the old lady should swallow next. This will assess a student's ability to make inferences!
 Next, students can draw their favorite part of the story! Sharpen your colored pencils! 
Lastly, students can make a list of all the things that the Old Lady swallowed! Lists are such functional writing tasks! I love them! They're not as intimidating as most writing assignments, making them a great way to ease a reluctant writer into writing.

You can scoop these freebies up by clicking HERE.

Lastly, I created a book companion! If interested, you can find it in my TPT store by clicking HERE. Here's a peek:
This packet contains a variety of prep and no prep materials!

If you're a blogger please link up with your own ideas! I love learning about new books!
Since this is the holiday season, I plan on featuring freebies EVERY Wild About Books Wednesday this month! Please subscribe to my blog by email so you'll never miss a post or blog-exclusive freebie! You can sign up on the right-hand side of my blog!

I'm also linking up with my friends over at Speechie Freebies to celebrate FreeBEE Friday! Please make sure you stop by to check out the linky party!
 Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting!