speech and language teaching concepts for There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/k/ medial
/sw/ initial

Themes:

Thanksgiving

Book Details:

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

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey

By Lucille Colandro

The old lady is at it again, and this time she's swallowing a Turkey . . . she's always been quirky! You won't believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty! Read this book and find out why!

This silly Thanksgiving-themed book is highly engaging given its lyrical rhyming pattern. A /sw/ blend, an initial /l/, and a medial /er/ are also included within the repetitive text! Its cumulative format is great for targeting sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
cumulative tale
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of things she swallowed

Vocabulary:

quirky, anchor, horn of plenty, grandstand, parade

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:

why do you think she is swallowing _____?

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