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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly | Simms Taback
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In a traditional nonsense poem, an old woman swallows a fly, a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, and a horse.
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ds111717

This book is very comical and has a lot of room to use different expressions while reading it to children.

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ds111717
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly written by Simms Taback. Caldecott Honor Book. This book is an old folk tale about an old lady who swallowed multiple animals in order to catch the first thing she swallowed which was a fly.

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sarabellini
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“Moral: never swallow a horse.”

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sarabellini
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I liked how the old lady kept swallowing other animals to catch the animal she had swallowed before.

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sarabellini
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This book is very fun and goofy to read. It has colorful illustrations and she swallows a lot of animals which is unrealistic but would be fun for kids to listen to.

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mollywimmers1
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I like all the comments on this pic especially, “even the artist is crying”

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mollywimmers1

I like the pages where they reiterate what all she ate! And have funny side notes like “I‘d rather have ham on rye”

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mollywimmers1
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Have always loved this book but loved the authors take on it! The illustrations were fun with the little side notes and the cut out of her stomach

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kh972417

This book will make children wonder and think about why and how the old lady swallowed all those animals.

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kh972417
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I would defiantly choose this book for my classroom library. It is such a fun, cute book with lots of wonder through it. I enjoyed reading it and I think children would too.

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SarynaN
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, is TL and a Caldecott Honor recipient. The book tells a funny story about an old lady swallowing a fly, a spider, a bird and so on. Book could be used for a CR in class. The book also comes in Spanish for ELL‘s who may need to read in their L1. #ucflae3414su19

SarynaN https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sequencing-Activity-There-was-an-Old... The link provides a cut-and-paste sequencing activity to follow the book. Students will recall what order items were eaten in and glue them onto the page. The story and activity will cover ESOL strategy 6 and UDL 2.4 2mo
MeaganM @SarynaN I love books published in languages other than English! I would love to have both in the classroom! (edited) 2mo
Kendylleonard I love this classic book! I know that younger students enjoy it because of the silliness throughout the story. This resource is great because it real sequencing strategies. I would love to have this book in my classroom! 2mo
Kcompton2912 I absolutely love this series and try to find all the books the “old lady who...” is in. I never thought of doing a sequencing activity to go along with it and it‘s honestly genius! The students can learn the concept while also tying it into literature! 2mo
DrSpalding I really like the idea of having multiple copies of this book in a variety of languages. Well done. This is a classic that should be shared with students. Sequencing is perfect. 1mo
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audrey.wilson
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There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback is a classic. This poem may register as a bit dark for aware adults, it is always deemed hilarious by children. A 1998 Caldecott Honor book, is truly captivating with its dark pages and imaginative illustrations. I would use this book as a choral reading. Poems work great for improving students fluency, it would also promote engagement amoung the class!

audrey.wilson https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/there-was-old-... Scholastic provides many incredible activities for this poem in the classroom. But with the lesson Edible Estimation, this fun poem could be a great way to indtroduce measurements, weight, and volume in science. (edited) 7mo
audrey.wilson ESOL 17, provide and show a clear picture of the creature the old lady is eating. UDL 3.2, this UDL strategy aligns with the poem and use it to introduce weight, volume, and measurements. #LAE3414sp19 (edited) 7mo
DrSpalding Scholastic is a high-quality resource and I really like that you have connected this to mathematics. Edit your post for correct spellings. 7mo
dayuso1 Great resource to be cross-curricular for math. I didn't know there was a book of this. My wife loves this song from her childhood. I may need to check it out! 7mo
kennedimartin @audrey.wilson this was one of my favorite books to read when I was growing up! I think this would be a great addition to a classroom library and I love your resource about using the book to get into science! Thanks for sharing! 6mo
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Who knows why she swallowed the fly in this TL. Winning a Caldecott award this story is perfect for a rhyming lesson and to go over phonics of words with the class and add a little humor! A perfect Pr or Ra this story goes over the sad outcome of the lady who couldn‘t stop swallowing strange things and everyone in her belly was concerned! Udl: 6.3 EL:46 to discover new ways of creating the pattern. #Ucflae3414f17

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SavannahP0930
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This is a classic TL story that has been told many times. It is a Caldecott winner and is a fun tongue twister. It is a good book to use to teach sequence order. The EL I would use is number 14 "Simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant". UDL 1.2 "offer alternatives for auditory information" by creating a timeline or an interactive story. TS-S #ucflae3414f17

CaseyL I have several of the holiday spin offs inspired by this story that would be fun to share during the holiday season! This is also a great storytelling as I think you proved in class! 2y
Samantha.K I loved this book as a child. It was just so funny to me when my teacher would read it. That was probably because she made it fun. 2y
JordanHull Loved this book! I think it would make a great storytelling! The CMC actually has an old lady puppet and all the things she swallows in plush form that fit in her stomach! Nice post 😄 2y
DrSpalding This is a classic. This version being an award winner is a good choice. Your resource could be obviously used for storytelling… 2y
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HNager
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly written and illustrated by Simms Taback is TL, which would be great for S. The illustrations for this book won the Caldecott Medal. This lady swallows a fly, I don‘t know why she swallowed, and perhaps she‘ll die. She then decides to swallow the spider to catch the fly; she keeps going to larger animals until she reaches the horse. Once she swallowed the horse, of course she died.

HNager At the end it has cute little moral. This is a great sequence and rhyming book that flows. The EL 14 simplify and slow my speech so the students can also read the story, the UDL 5.3 build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance. Lesson plan on reading with fluency: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/there-was-old-... #ucflae3414f17 2y
kkidwell This will always be a good story for children to read. I like that your link is a lesson plan specifically for this text. That can be difficult to come across. I also like the idea to create an alternative ending to the story. I feel as if this really allows for students to express there creative and imaginative side in the classroom. 2y
kenyanellie This book is such a classic and could be a great storytelling or readers theater! Your resource has so many great ideas! 2y
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PriscillaD
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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly is a TL by Lucille Colandro. I absolutely love this book! It's fun and playful! Children will love hearing everything that the old lady swallows! I also love the illustrations. Great book for story telling! https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/there-was-old-... #UCFLAE3414sp17

AlexandriaJ This is a great book to keep children engaged! They will have the giggles and would really enjoy it if you were to hand out the animals to place on the board and use them to help tell the story! 2y
DrSpalding I love the props! Looking forward to it. 2y
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Alex6752
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Your daughter will hold your hand for a little while, but hold your heart for a lifetime.

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Langlied
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This Modern Fantasy (F) book by Simms Taback is a unique, fun, and silly Caldecott award- winning book that intrigues young children through rhymes and creative pages with holes in them. With each page, you find that the old lady has eaten another animal and it always narrows down to eating the fly.
http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/ThereWasAnOldLadyWhoSwallowedaFly.ht...
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DrSpalding This TL story makes for a wonderful storytelling. Taback is retelling this story as it has no known original author. 3y
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HayleeM
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There was an old Lady who Swallowed a Fly is a traditional literature book about an old lady who swallowed a fly. The old lady swallowed a fly then swallowed a spider to catch the fly and it goes on and on until she swallowed a horse, then dies.The illustrations in this book are very engaging and would be great for a read aloud for young students https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/there-was-old-... #ucflae3414sp17

DrSpalding Great resource! Classic TRADITIONAL LITERATURE! 3y
Alisoncavicchi I remember this book from when we were in elementary school! There's a nursery rhyme on YouTube that I think would be really useful to show for beginning learners. It gets them up and moving too! https://youtu.be/V6Mzqxxio_w 3y
krystag I use to love this story when I was younger! Like Alison commented, I've seen the YouTube video as well used before and it would be a great resource to use. The link you provided is great! Scholastic offers a lot of greats lessons to follow for different books and I really liked the ones they offered about repetition of the text for gaining fluency! 3y
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