There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog!

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



  1. Thanks for the worksheets!! My kiddos really enjoy these books:)

  2. Awesome! Happy these will be helpful!

  3. I love this! Can you tell me how you did it or if you plan on creating any more of these? I would purchase them off of you.

  4. thank you

  5. Hello!

    I’m new to teaching students with Autism and they would love the story you’ve posted but when I went to download it the document was different. If there anyway that I can get those emailed to me? My email address is Thanks in advance for your assistance.

  6. Hi Shakellia, you can find the book for purchase here:

    Here is the free download of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog book pictures, sequencing pictures, and visual question sheet:

    Thanks for reading! 🙂

  7. Hi Sarah! I can’t seem to find the companion for the book, “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog”. Do you have the link somewhere that I’m missing? Thank you, all your stuff is great!

  8. Hi Sarah, the link on the webpage for the book companion to “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog”, keeps bringing me back to your teacherpayteacher page. I tried to look for this resource on the teacherpayteacher page, but did not see it. I also tried going to the main page with all the other books similar to this and I was still not able to access it. Is there another way to access the book companion? Let me know when you get a chance! Also, thank you so much for the resources you make! They are a huge help!

  9. I updated the link on the blog post for the Frog version! You can grab it now. Sorry about that!


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