speech and language teaching concepts for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/sw/ initial
/ch/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick

By Lucille Colandro

A wacky new Easter version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song! This time, the hungry old lady swallows a chick, some straw, an egg, some candy, a basket, and a bow! And just as she’s hopping and skipping along, who should she meet but the Easter Bunny! Watch what happens when she trips, with amazing results! With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page–a fun story for Easter!

This silly Easter book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing and predicting. It is also great for  targeting rhyming. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
phonological awareness
repetitive text
subjective pronouns
WH questions (why and who)


order of things that the Old Lady swallowed


swallowed, egg, straw, candy, basket, chick, jazz, covered


pronouns (subject – she)
WH questions (why and who)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



Why did the Old Lady swallow the chick?
What will she swallow next?
Why is she swallowing each thing?
What will happen to the old lady as she hops?

If you are interested in seeing other Easter books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy