Thursday, October 2, 2014

Harvest of Freebies Blog Hop

Welcome!  You've arrived at the Harvest of Freebies Blog Hop.  I'm thrilled to be hosting this hop with several talented literacy teachers and reading specialists.

Some of the activities posted will be "forever freebies", while others will only be available during the dates of the Harvest Hop.  Be sure to grab them before it's too late.  :)

So let's get started, shall we...

One of my favorite storybook characters is the Old Lady from There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  She's a quirky over-eater who always has a surprise in store for readers.  There are many variations on this classic story song, including a fall version, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves.  I get a kick out of these books!

You can count on the stories in this collection to offer a predictable pattern, rhyming words, and a surprise at the end.

Suggested Activities for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves:
  • Sequencing - What did the Old Lady swallow first, next, then, last?
  • Compare and Contrast - Read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.  Then find the similarities and differences between the two books.
  • Making Connections - The Old Lady in the story swallowed leaves.  What have you done with leaves?  Possible responses include: collecting leaves, leaf rubbings, raking into piles, jumping or hiding in leaves, or making crafts with them.  

For my freebie, I created an Old Lady take-home reader to go with the book.  Enjoy!

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Happy Fall!

A very special thank you goes out to Scrappin' Doodles, Lovin' Lit, and KG Fonts for the the graphics used for this hop.  
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  1. love the take home reader! what a great idea for a freebie!

  2. Hi Wendy,

    Just left feedback in your store- your book is adorable! Looking forward to sharing it with my kiddos. Thank you so much :)

    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  3. I have the whole set of "There Was an Old Lady" books. They're all so fun. Your take home reader is adorable! Love it. Thanks so much for sharing and you did a fantastic job organizing the hop, Wendy!
    Literacy Loving Gals

  4. What an adorable emergent reader. I never knew of this book, will definitely be looking for it!
    Burke's Special Kids

  5. I love these Old Lady Books and I had no idea they had a fall themed one- very cool!
    The Meek Moose

  6. I love your little take home readers. And the title is hilarious! Thank you Wendy!
    Emily GIbbons