I was looking for some new Spring books to read with my students and I found There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog by Lucille Colandro which is perfect for this Season!  This book works great to target Spring vocabulary terms and work on sequencing events in a story.  Print out this free download of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog book pictures, sequencing pictures, and visual question sheet.


There Was an Old Lady - Frog

Print, laminate, and cut the book pictures.  I use the smaller book pictures as I read the story.  I add a piece of soft velcro to the small book pictures and a piece of hard velcro onto the book page next to each item the old lady swallows.  To store the book pictures, I laminate and add hard velcro to the blank picture board and then place the small book pictures on the board.  This makes it easy to store and find all the book pictures!

Frog Picture Board

When I start the book, I have the students identify “who” the story is about and attach the “old lady” picture to the cover of the book.  As I read the book, the students find the correct pictures to match what the old lady swallows and attach the pictures to the velcro in the book.  First, the old lady swallows a frog.  Have the student find the frog picture from a visual field of 2 or more pictures depending on his/her level and attach the frog picture to the book.  Second, the old lady swallows some dirt so the student finds the dirt picture and attaches it to the book.  Continue this throughout the book to identify all 7 items the lady swallows and what she makes at the end of the story.  I model the sequential terms throughout the entire book and ask various “wh” questions while I read the story to target comprehension.

Frog Book 1

Frog Book 2

I take the larger book pictures I laminated to work on sequencing skills.  After the story is finished, have the students retell the story identifying what the old lady swallowed first, second, third, etc….  For some of my students I give them a visual field of 2 pictures to determine what the old lady swallowed.  For example, I hold up the frog and sunlight pictures and ask “what did the old lady swallow first?”.  We line up all 7 pictures in the correct order and practice re-telling the story using the visuals.

Frog Sequence Pictures

You can also complete the visual questions that go with the book as you read the book or after you finish the story depending on the student’s ability.

Frog Questions


Hope your students enjoy this book and activity as much as mine did!  Happy Spring!!!!!!

Sarah The Speech Helper


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