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There was an old lady who swallowed some leaves? Little learners read a new version of the old swallow story with a fall twist as they try to answer the big question; Why is that lady swallowing all that weird stuff? The teacher's guide includes pre-reading activities, rhyming vocabulary practice, modeled and shared reading ideas, worksheets, flashcards, and cross-curricular extension ideas based on the story. The strategies used aid in reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary acquisition in a fun and engaging way. Plus, the book is hilarious!
Students complete activities with the book There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed a Fly.  In this literature instructional activity, students hear the story and recognize the animals. They create fly soup and discuss healthy foods and junk foods. 
Even if your language arts class has never been fishing, they can understand the popular idiom "Swallow hook, line, and sinker." They review the definition of idioms and how they don't mean what they literally say. Then, they observe context clues to define the idiom of focus. Use the video in your computer lab, or as a warm-up reading exercise.
Fourth graders examine the new vocabulary associated with the book, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly before listening to a teacher read aloud of the book. They complete a choral reading of the story, sequence it, and write newspaper type article using 5 W questions.
Learners read Joyce McDonald's, Swallowing Stones while investigating the literary elements used in the writing. They define a large number of vocabulary words to be applied when reading. Finally, they write a persuasive essay.
Young learners sing the song "I Know an Old Who Swallowed a Fly." They learn to track the words on a pocket chart and identify rhymes in the song as they are learning. Using illustrations, a flip chart, and the song, the teacher will help learners identify the written words as they grow familiar with the words to the song. Rhyming words are a focus as well.
Learners participate in various activities using the story There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. In this reading fluency lesson, students read the story and then practice comprehension, fluency, and writing. An estimation activity and reproducible is included.
Second graders examine how a food chain functions. They define what a food chain is, and act out a food chain with the students acting as different animals. Students then sing the song "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," and create a food chain pyramid using paper cubes.
Students practice increasing their reading fluency by exercising the process of decoding for sight recognition. They utilize index cards that tie in with the song and tune of "The Wheels on the Bus" and "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."
Youngsters listen to the story, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." After discussing the story, going over new vocabulary, and repeating the rhymes in the story, they study the parts of a fly. They finish by creating a fly on the computer and printing it out for their science folder. A good lesson!
Learners examine their own digestive system by taking a mock field trip. They create a model or map of the system.
Students listen to the story I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. They predict what will happen next as they listen to the story. They sequence pictures and words to desribe a story.
Here is an entertaining way to introduce your language learners to several significant grammatical structures. The children’s rhyme, There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, contains examples of noun and relative clauses for the class to study. Using rhyme, meter, and reasoning skills, class members build vocabulary and an understanding of the English wording.
Preschoolers will love learning the song, " I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" with this PowerPoint. Each slide contains an image of an old lady and the animal she swallowed. Note: Audio does not appear to be working, however this song is available on CD, or better yet, have your students provide the sound track. They can sing and make animal noises.
In this picture puzzle scramble worksheet, students place the numbers 1 through 9 in the lettered boxes on the right to create the image on the left. They see a picture of a Yellow-rumped warbler, a Cedar waxwing, and a Bank Swallow next to the 3 puzzles.
In this Origami following directions worksheet, student make 15 sequential folds to make a swallow. They make one cut with scissors when forming the tail.
In this coloring worksheet, students color 4 black-line pictures of birds. They color a Barn Swallow, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, and a Blue Jay.
In this visual art worksheet, students examine a drawing of a swallow in a 6x6 square grid. In the blank grid provided, students copy the swallow by drawing it one square at a time.
In this science and visual discrimination worksheet, students examine images of a cliff swallow, bighorn sheep and northern flying squirrel. Next to each picture is the same image which has been divided into 9 pieces and scrambled. Students place the numbers 1 through 9 in the lettered boxes to create the original images.
Jiminy cricket! If you find yourself plagued by fear of dissection, these locust respiratory system dissection directions will walk you through everything you need to know. Teens inspect a living locust to begin with, then jump over to the dissection of the insect (the materials call for a living locust and a cadaver locust for each group, so they do not euthanize their living insect). Although the worksheet is written in British English (ventilation system = respiratory system), it is a Word document, so you can edit as needed, or point out the differences to bring a little geography or linguistics into your science classroom.

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