Monday, June 17, 2013

Book of the Week: There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish (With a FREEBIE)

If you're an SLP or a teacher, you probably have a "There Was an Old Lady..." book or two.  If you like those books, you'll want to hear about this week's Book of the Week!

There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish follows the familiar story line of the Old Lady (maybe they're related?).  In this story, the Old Pirate eats:

a fish
a bird
a map
some gold
a chest
a plank
a sail
a mast
a ship

When I read this story, I started by showing them the cover.  They all guessed that the story was about a pirate.  Next, we talked about how they knew it was a pirate.  Some of the kids needed a bit more scaffolding for this (e.g., "How did you know he was a pirate and not a firefighter?").  Next I read them the title and waited for someone to draw the connection to the Old Lady stories we had read earlier in the year.  Inevitably, someone did!  I asked what they thought a pirate might eat (e.g., what objects do you associate with a pirate?).  Finally, we read the story.

My kids really liked this story, especially one line "Yo-ho-ho! Watch his belly grow!"  I told them it was their job to say that line each time it occurred in the story.  Is it making sense now why I wanted a tag for the ProxTalker to say "Yo-ho-ho"?  (Missed that post, check it out HERE.) 

Since my kids get to feed the old lady whenever I read one of her stories, I had to create a pirate that could be fed! (What is it about feeding things that's so motivating to kids?!?).  This Old Pirate doesn't look a whole lot like the pirate in the story, but he is old:

Not a fan? I added this cuter pirate if you prefer:

And here are the items to feed to the pirate:

You can grab this freebie HERE.  If you download, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  Have you seen this book before?  What's your favorite "There Was an Old ___ Who Swallowed a ___"?


  1. Fun! I will use this with my English learners as a vocabulary game. Thanks!

  2. Love it! I just found this book this school year. I think the old lady who swallowed a shell is my favorite because it means school is winding down for the year.

    1. LOL! I never end up using the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell b/c I have so many ocean/fish books that I prefer. I think this one will end up being one of my end-of-year faves!

  3. Thank you! My students will go crazy over this book & activity:)

  4. Thank you! My students will go crazy over this book & activity:)

  5. thank you I may try this book this summer

  6. I've not seen this book yet. Thanks so much for spotlighting it in your blog. I'll definitely need to take a look! I love books that have a sequence/pattern. Thanks for the freebie!

  7. I love all of your cute activities! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. I have this book and will plan to have my kids retell the story using the pirate pieces. Yeah! Thanks so much.

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