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Story Activities for

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover by Lucille Colandro

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Lucille Colandro's ever famous "Old Lady Stories" engage young readers with rhythm, rhyme, imagery, and fun. Let's look at visuals and activities for St. Patrick's Day based on this "Clover" version. 



Start with an OLD LADY.

There are many "feed the Old Lady" products and crafts for retelling these stories. Using the "Large and Small Picture" Template, I cut out the Old Lady and taped her on a coffee can. Using a razor knife, I cut out her mouth for the students to feed her the picture cards from various versions. 


Review New Vocabulary

Review story vocabulary such as "clover" and "fiddle". You may show physical examples along with picture cards to support vocabulary development and comprehension. 




Visuals support memory and comprehension. As you read, feed the old lady the vocabulary words, or follow along with a fun visual. 



Ask comprehension questions as you read or following the story. 





After reading the story, give students the opportunity to play with the story.


Retelling Props

Use visuals to help retell this fun story. 


Create your own mini-books. 



Play with Story Vocabulary

Create games that use story vocabulary to practice playing with new words. Encourage conversations about the book. 



Match the word with its picture.


Writing Words

Spell you favorite words from the story.