When you need a Thanksgiving-themed book that provides repetitive text, silly things happening, and structured story sequencing, you grab the book, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey by Lucille Collandro (Amazon affiliate link included.)
Kids love to talk about the items she swallows, and the text has a rhyme and flow that are great for phonemic awareness.
You can usually find some sound-loaded words in the text to make this the ultimate mixed group book!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey Free Printable
One way you can quickly adapt this book for your mixed groups is by having visual supports to go along with the book. Not only does this help you have an extension activity after reading the book, but you can also model and scaffold for students that thrive from having visuals.
If you were anything like me when I worked in the school setting, having TIME to prep in-depth visual supports was nonexistent. So, I have a free printable that is low prep to us with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey.
Plus, this story retell visual support also has a digital Google Slide that you can use on your laptop, during teletherapy, or on a SMARTboard in a classroom.
Click the image below to get your There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey free printable.
How to Use Your Old Lady Story Retell Visual Support
What is great about this book is you can use it to increase engagement with Thanksgiving-themed vocabulary.
But, you can also conversation recast a LOT of unique verbs while reading the story and discussing the pictures in the book. With your free printable, you also get visuals for verbs and vocabulary in the story.
For teaching depth of knowledge with the vocabulary, you can name
- use the words in sentences
- give kid-friendly definitions
- describe the items the lady swallows by attributes
To target CORE words, you can model “swallow” or “eat” as well as “why,” “don’t,” “go,” “more,” and “see.”
Your students with grammar goals can work on sentence formation, past-tense verbs, and transition words such as first, next, and last.
Not only can you work on sequencing skills, but you also can work on basic concepts for first/last and before/after using the book and the visual story retell printable.