speech and language teaching concepts for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ final
/sw/ initial
/th/ initial
/ks/ final
/l/ initial

Themes:

back to school

Book Details:

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

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books

By Lucille Colandro

There was an old lady who's ready for school! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for the first day of school. Now she's swallowing items to make the very best of her first day back. And just in time for the bus… With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of the classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page–a fun story for the first day of school!

This silly back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, predicting, and rhyming. It is also great for targeting the following sounds: /s/, /sw/, /th/, /ks/, and /l/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
predicting
phonological awareness
repetitive text
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
pronouns (subject)
WH questions (why and who)

Sequencing:

order of things that the old lady swallowed

Vocabulary:

pen, trace, pencil case, ruler, folder, balk, chalk, fuss

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
pronouns (subject)
WH questions (why and who)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

Why do you think the old lady swallowed the books?
What do you think she will swallow next?
Why do you think she is swallowing each thing?
What do you think will happen when she opens her mouth to cheer?

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