One of my favorite Old Ladies!

Besides my own sweet Granny, this weirdly hungry old lady is one of my favorites. At the beginning of the year I ordered the rest of the books I didn’t have, including the Rose version!   I have typically used this book with my younger preschool crowd. This winter and spring, I’m hoping to use it with my older students as well! I whipped up these pages to use with my k-5 crowd, but it should be adaptable for older and younger student too! Here are the ‘Rose’ and ‘Clover’ Sets.  I’m not the first SLP blogger to make book companions for this little lady. You can check out a sample of those here.  Those packets looked great but didn’t have exactly what I needed, so I came up with this one. Find it in my TPT shop.  There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed  Rose This 36 page activity pack is perfect for speech or language. I’ve included a sneak peek for each of the activities below. Granny grammar sentences are my favorite!  Granny Grammar: Help your students increase their sentence complexity. Give each student a grammar granny (page 33). Granny has different parts of speech written on different parts of her face. Students should develop a sentence. Then look to see which elements they have included. They should color in those parts on the granny in the sentence strip (page 34.) Encourage students to add complexity to their sentences.. Future Tense Writing: Have your student develop a sentence writing and drawing what he/she would eat if they were the granny. Retelling: Cut out the old lady’s head.(page 3.) Cut out her mouth and attach it to an empty tissue box. Use the cards on page 4 to feed the lady pieces of the story. Use the retelling mats on pages 5 & 6 to retell the story or send home as homework. Rhyme: Cut out the cards (page 7) and match rhyming words from the story. Pictures make the cards partially self-checking. Verb Tense: Cut out each verb card (pages 8-11.) Name the verb from the story indicated on the left side of the card.. Then determine the verb form for past, present and future tense. Use a dry erase marker to fill in the blanks. Story Sequencing: Print the story sequencing circles (pages 12-13) and add Velcro. Let students retell the story and add the story parts in order. Object Functions: Use the included sheet to let student identify the object functions. If students can ID them receptively, target this skill expressively (What do you do with a clover?) Ordinal Numbers: Print and cut the included cards. Have students find matches (ie: first/1st) and then put them in order. My student have such a hard time with this in first grade!  Comprehension: Use the included 12 comprehension cards (pages 16-17) as a follow up to the book. Use the Yes/No questions (page 18) as another follow-up activity. Articulation Reinforcers: Use the Spin & Cover and Granny Collector games as a general reinforcer for articulation students (or any speech/language target). During Spin & Cover (pages 19-20) the student uses an included spinner and sheet to be the first to cover each item (use bingo chips.) During the Granny Collector game (page 21-22) students use the included game die to collect as many grannies as they can. Be the first to cover each granny and win. Say your sound as many times as you cover grannies! Possessive Pronouns: Print one copy of pages 23-24. The old lady has decided to share some items with her dog, Brutus. Decide what items they should have. Say a good sentence as you give them each their objects and explain why! Conversation Starters: Use the 12 included conversation starters to discuss topics related to the book. Do-A-Dot Reinforcer: Use the included reinforcer as a coloring or Do-A-Dot page. Temporal Directions: Print one of each card (pages 28-31) and play the game while working on before/after game cards. I’ve also got the March version of this book ready! You can find it in my TPT Store. 

  • - Retelling: Cut out the old lady’s head.(page 3.) Cut out her mouth and attach it to an empty tissue box. Use the cards on page 4 to feed the lady pieces of the story. Use the retelling mats on pages 5 & 6 to retell the story or send home as homework.

  • •  Rhyme: Cut out the cards (page 7) and match rhyming words from the story. Pictures make the cards partially self-checking.
  • •  Verb Tense: Cut out each verb card (pages 8-11.) Name the verb from the story indicated on the left side of the card.. Then determine the verb form for past, present and future tense. Use a dry erase marker to fill in the blanks.
  • •  Story Sequencing: Print the story sequencing circles (pages 12-13) and add Velcro. Let students retell the story and add the story parts in order.
  • •  Object Functions: Use the included sheet to let student identify the object functions. If students can ID them receptively, target this skill expressively (What do you do with a clover?)
  • •  Ordinal Numbers: Print and cut the included cards. Have students find matches (ie: first/1st) and then put them in order.
  • •  Comprehension: Use the included 12 comprehension cards (pages 16-17) as a follow up to the book. Use the Yes/No questions (page 18) as another follow-up activity.
  • •  Articulation Reinforcers: Use the Spin & Cover and Granny Collector games as a general reinforcer for articulation students (or any speech/language target). During Spin & Cover (pages 19-20) the student uses an included spinner and sheet to be the first to cover each item (use bingo chips.) During the Granny Collector game (page 21-22) students use the included game die to collect as many grannies as they can. Be the first to cover each granny and win. Say your sound as many times as you cover grannies!
  • •  Possessive Pronouns: Print one copy of pages 23-24. The old lady has decided to share some items with her dog, Brutus. Decide what items they should have. Say a good sentence as you give them each their objects and explain why!
  • •  Conversation Starters: Use the 12 included conversation starters to discuss topics related to the book.
  • •  Do-A-Dot Reinforcer: Use the included reinforcer as a coloring or Do-A-Dot page.
  • •  Temporal Directions: Print one of each card (pages 28-31) and play the game while working on before/after game cards.
  • •  Granny Grammar: Help your students increase their sentence complexity. Give each student a grammar granny (page 33). Granny has different parts of speech written on different parts of her face. Students should develop a sentence. Then look to see which elements they have included. They should color in those parts on the granny in the sentence strip (page 34.) Encourage students to add complexity to their sentences..
  • •  Future Tense Writing: Have your student develop a sentence writing and drawing what he/she would eat if they were the granny. 
  • In my TPT Store: Swallowed a Clover   & Swallowed  Rose Ok. If you made it ALL the way to the bottom of that post I think I should do a giveaway! I’ll giveaway a copy of each! Just leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner from the comments. Make sure you leave your email with your comment! 

Lovely comments

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    These old lady packs are just awesome! Love how you included so many different speecj and language areas into each one. Cute cute cute graphics!

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    says

    These activities look great! I especially like the Granny Grammar. My students have such a difficult time with complex and “interesting” sentences. I just received the Clover book. Finally ordered that one :)

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    says

    Love all the Old Lady books! I have the puppet and all the pieces to the original story. One of these days I want to get some felt and fill and make companion pieces for the rest of the stories to be able to use her as holidays and seasons change. bjandour3sons@comcast.net

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    Jennifer Asbury says

    Love The Old Lady books. These packets look too cute! You have saved me a lot of time with planning this year! Thank you!!

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    Sarah Stein says

    These books are the best! LOVE that you made some great activities to go along with them! I could use these activities for so many different students on my caseload – I am split between preschool and elementary as well :)

  6. 13

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    Just finished reading The cold lady who swallowed some snow. My kiddos would love either of these books and the packets are so cute and colorful!

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    Rebecca Dean says

    These activities look awesome. I love your packets! They are so thought out and address all my kiddos needs. Plus my kids LOVE them!

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    I love using these books in therapy. I would love to win a copy of the packet! Thanks! abarker21(at)gmail.com

  9. 29

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    These are awesome! Any activities that tie in literature are so great with the kids! Not only does it work on their attention and “picture walk” skills when listening to the story, but then the cute images tie other targets into the book! Love it! amandalrosenthal@gmail.com

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    Shelley says

    Love these! I homeschool my 8yo son, who has Autism, and I do a lot of his speech therapy myself (besides 1 hour a week of private speech). Santa brought him EVERY “Old Lady” book she could find, for Christmas…they are his favorite books! I’ve been looking for activities to do with him, along with reading the books. These would be wonderful!

    mdlangmead at gmail dot com

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    I have all preschoolers on my caseload and they love these books! I could use these with everyone of my kiddos since your activities hit so many goal areas. I especially love the comprehension, object functions, temporal directions, and granny grammar. I work on these areas with so many of my kids! Great stuff!!!
    Amandahosch@aea267.k12.ia.us

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    says

    These are soooo adorable!!! I love them and would love a copy of them!!!!! There was an old lady books are some of my son’s favorite books. He has autism and isn’t very verbal. He is a hands on learner and I try to make activities like this for him, so it is easier for him to learn. I did an activity for There was a Cold lady who swallowed some snow, but it doesn’t compare to all the great material you have put together.
    my email address is osimplypink@gmail.com

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    Jenna- You continue to amaze me! I have loved all of your packets that I have purchased through TPT and these llok fantastic! I love using the “There Was an Old Lady…” stories in therapy. I have already added both packets to my wish list! Do you have plans to make packets for the other versions? Thanks! Sarah wrights@277apps.org

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    There Was a SLP who Swallowed a Blog.
    Swallowed a blog and not a frog?
    Yes, swallowed a blog ‘cuz her brain was in a fog.
    Brain in a fog?
    Yes, in a fog ‘cuz too much work.
    Too much work?
    Yes, too much work and not enough play.
    So, it’s time to give her work away

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    Anonymous says

    I love the “Old Lady” book series! I’ve used the books three times so far this school year…just did the Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow last week! The kids love the predictability of the books and even start reading along with me. I know that they will love this Valentine’s Day edition of the book! The materials included in this packet would be great for my students! DLH1125@hotmail.com

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    your packets are so comprehensive, simply wonderful and inspiring! I have used a few of the old lady books but neither of these. These packets would be a great reason to use them. apgled@gmail.com

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    Anonymous says

    I love these! I already use The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick around Easter time, so this would be great for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day! My kids are also working on formulating grammatically correct sentences, so I love the focus on grammar in these units. Looks great! giovannaparr@hotmail.com

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    Anonymous says

    I am in grad school in Louisiana and would LOVE to win a freebie! I love all of your products. Thank you for sharing your great ideas! I am planning on working in the schools one day as well and love to treat myself to a packet on your teacher’s pay teacher’s page every now and then! Could definitely use a freebie! #brokegradstudent

    email: abigailrenee@me.com

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    says

    I love using the old lady books with my preschoolers, and I think it’s great that you made some activities geared toward k-5!

  20. 117

    says

    Awesome companion packs. These stories are my kids’ favorites and that’s across the board for all my age groups. You make awesome materials and I can’t thank you enough. Oh and congrats on being one of the 10 Freebies on the TPT email this week!

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    Anonymous says

    Oh man, I LOVE the little old lady stories! I was actually just recommending the series to some of my parents.

    frannievslp at gmail

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    These books are one of my favorite go to books to address multiple speech and language activities. I love the collection and I recently added to my collection There was an old lady who swallowed some books for the beginning of the year. I love addressing and working on my kid’s goal and objectives using theme related books. I work with children with hearing loss and A large percentage of my caseload is preschool. These books are great for working on tenses, auditory memory, auditory recall, sequencing, predicting, vocabulary, inferences and so many other goals. Your book companion packets look very detailed and an awesome extension to these books. Thank you for creating them!

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    YAY!!! I was hoping you would do a series for these :) I got the WHOLE collection for Christmas and started reading one a month back in September (old lady swallows the books). The PK population LOVES them. Thanks for the giveaway – cheerios626@aim.com

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    Oh my goodness, I have all of the Old Lady books as well and I have purchased Old Lady materials from other SLP bloggers, but your packets are definitely more of what I needed. You definitely went above and beyond this time, I just hope you keep making them for the rest of the books (which I’m sure you will!) : ) whitneybaumert@hotmail.com

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    These activities look wonderful! I have used your Thanksgiving Social Skills group of activities and Pragmatic Walk in Your Shoes activities with my students and they loved it! I would LOVE to use these language activities along with the books in upcoming therapy:) We used the Oldy Lady Who Swallowed a Pumpkin in the Fall and the kids thought it was hilarious. Thank you!!! meridith.redd@gmail.com

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    Anonymous says

    I love the Old Lady books! My grandma use to sing us the song ALL the time when we were young. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Tracey Froemke
    tracey dot froemke at sendit dot nodak dot edu

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    Tanya says

    So glad I found your blog! Im a brand new Slp-Assistant in an elementary, middle, and high school! My biggest caseload is in the elementary which happens to be my absolute favorite. These story book companions would be a great asset to my limited supplies!! Thanks for all the great ideas :)
    tlillyb@yahoo.com

  28. 144

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    Not sure if your giveaway is over yet-but I definitely want these! They are going on my wishlist if I don’t win :-). They look awesome, Jenna!
    Nicole
    allisonspeechpeeps.blogspot.com

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