There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose

One of the best parts of the day is when the teacher and students can sit down together for a great book. However, preparing for this time is challenging! Since every student is different, it can be hard to find one book that everyone will love. Thus, teachers spend a lot of time getting to know students and reading various books to find the best options. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose is a future read-aloud option that is ready to go with a book review and activities below! 

Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose Activities

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose 

Author Lucile Colandro and illustrator Jared Lee created the perfect story for Valentine’s Day! 

The little old lady in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose, is excited about February 14th. Likewise, she wants to make an extraordinary gift for her valentine. However, she ends up swallowing a ton of items for the project! For instance, she swallows lace, glitter, and a rose! Students will be intrigued from page to page as they anxiously await to see which Valentine’s Day-themed item she will swallow next. Students will love this adventurous story between the hilarious illustrations, rhyming, and wondering why the old lady is swallowing objects! 

Activities for the Read-Aloud 

Sometimes, students simply sit back and listen to a story. Other times, there are activities that go along with it. Thankfully, this means that students are working on academic standards with a great book! Students will love every minute of this read-aloud with the book review and activities below. 

    1. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose Sequencing

Sequencing Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose

This resource contains a flipbook, mini-book, and retelling sticks! These activities are perfect when incorporating academics into a Valentine’s Day celebration. Students will work on various skills, such as ABC order and writing a friendly letter. Additionally, students will trace words and then write their own words. Furthermore, they will retell the story about the old lady using labeled sticks. Honestly, there are so many skills within this one resource! 

     2. Reading Pictures 

Learning to read takes time! Thus, students often learn to read the illustrations first. Hence, this activity practices that! Before reading the words on the page, the teacher can ask students what they think will happen with the old lady swallowing the rose. Students will have a blast making guesses! Even better, they will be eager to find out if their guesses are correct. 

     3. Prediction Skills

While reading, it is helpful to stop and discuss the story. This ensures students are all paying attention and understanding what is happening. In this activity, the teacher can stop after certain pages and ask students what they think will happen next. For instance, what will the Old Lady swallow? Will she actually create her Valentine?

     4. Rhyming Practice 

Identifying words that rhyme is a huge focus in elementary school. Thankfully, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose includes tons of rhyming words! Students may identify pairs with a partner, in a small group, or with the whole class. If there is only one copy of the book, the pages can even be displayed on the board. Then, students can work with partners to identify rhymes on the page. Additionally, students can even select words on the page and then make a rhyme with a word of their own. They will be so excited to share their rhyme with the class! 

Rhyming with Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose

     5. Compare and Contrast 

At this point of the year, students have probably listened to several books. Thus, it is the perfect time to practice compare and contrast skills! After reading, students can identify aspects that are similar to previous books. Additionally, they can address elements that are different. Honestly, this also provides excellent comprehension practice to see what students remember. By hearing about the books that stand out, teachers will also see what kinds of books students enjoy the most. 

      6. Parts of the Old lady Swallowed a Rose 

It is vital for students to learn different parts of a book! Therefore, they can help identify the title, author, and illustrator in There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Additionally, they can also identify the front cover, back cover, spine, and title page. 

       7. Main Idea & Key Details 

While a read-aloud is about enjoying a book, it is also about understanding essential literary skills. To incorporate this, students can practice identifying different aspects with a partner, in a small group, or as a whole class. For instance, students may begin this activity as an entire class but progress to small groups as they gain confidence. Specifically, students can practice identifying the main character(s), setting, and key details of the plot. They may draw these details, write their response, or orally discuss. 

Book review and activities are helpful as teachers already make tons of decisions each day! Thankfully, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose, is a book that students will love! Between the funny details and striking illustrations, students will remain engaged from the front cover to the back cover. Thus, completing activities over it will be a blast! 

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I am Kirsten Tulsian, an elementary educator with 18 years of experience as a teacher and counselor. My passion lies in empowering students to discover their inherent brilliance through the use of engaging, rigorous, and meaningful activities. I look forward to connecting with you!

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