There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat in Speech Therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial and medial
/sh/ initial
/sw/

Themes:

Halloween

Book Details:

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

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat

By Lucille Colandro

This spooky twist on the wildly popular “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly” is perfect for fun Halloween reading! What won't this old lady swallow? This time around, a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard are all on the menu! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic “little old lady” books will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!

This hilarious Halloween-themed book is highly engaging given its lyrical rhyming pattern. Its cumulative format is great forย targeting sequencing as well as action verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
repetitive text
predicting
verbs (regular past tense)
pronouns (subject)
complex sentence structure
verbs (present tense action)
WH Questions
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

order of things she swallowed

Vocabulary:

howl, shush, groan, rattle

Character Analysis:

character faces show scared expression as they are swallowed

Grammar:

complex sentence structure (use of a relative pronoun, who)
verbs (present tense action, regular past tense)
WH Questions (why and who)
pronouns (subject – she)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

What do you think she will swallow next?
Why do you think she swallowed theย _______?

If you are interested in seeing other Halloween-themed books to use in therapy, then check out theย Seasonal Narrative Teaching Points Book Listย for a printable copy.