Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book of the Week: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Thanksgiving is fast approaching!  So, this week's Book of the Week is "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie" by Alison Jackson.  This book is probably my all-time favorite of any of the "Old Lady who Swallowed..." books.  If you're not familiar with it, a granny shows up for Thanksgiving dinner and eats so much, she gets bigger and bigger as the story progresses.  By the end, she winds up being a balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade!  (Much more pleasant than projectile vomiting the eaten items, lol!)

"What does she eat?," you may be wondering.  Here's the vocabulary:
  • a pie (a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry)
  • cider
  • roll
  • squash
  • salad
  • turkey
  • a pot
  • cake
  • bread

Old Lady eating some pie

As with most of the "Old Lady" stories, I'll be having the students "feed" the old lady.  I have picture cards for the food objects that I got from Mailbox Magazine a few years ago.  I usually try to draw the old lady, but I just couldn't get this one right.  So, I'm using the face from Katie's "Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover" activity posted on Playing With Words 365 (Yup, she's attached to a tissue box!).  We also work on sequencing the items she ate in order, using sentences ("She ate the ___" or "She is eating the ___"), and answering WH- questions (e.g., "Why did she drink some cider?").

Printable book from Can Do Kinders

There are about a million printables out there for this story!  I'll be sharing just a few of my favorites.  I found this super cute 8-page printable book from Can Do Kinders.  I thought this would be a good follow-up for the story.  Here are some of the pages:

Sample pages from On Thanksgiving Day by Can Do Kinders
You can see by the images above that this book is also great for working on /k/ in mixed word positions.  Target words:  look, cook/cooked, Thanksgiving, turkey, baked, cake.  If you download and print, remember that 1 copy makes 2 books, or else you'll end up with enough for next year (like me)!

Brea at Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology created another cute printable book that is great for preschool.  Her story is sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell" and it includes the same vocabulary from this story.  Here's a peek:

Sample page from Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology

Looking for more activities to go along with this book?

Do you use this book in therapy?  What are your favorite activities to accompany the book?

PS, Did you notice that most of the graphics are similar?  Scrappin Doodles has graphic sets for almost all of the Old Lady books!
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