Singing is a wonderful way to get kids to come out of their comfort zone. When singing a song, they are less shy, work on self confidence, and worry less about making mistakes. As many kids are getting ready for Easter, take time to read There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro. The familiar old lady who likes to eat strange things is getting ready for spring. This story can create a variety of activities for use in sessions and additional practice at home.
Before you begin, ask kids if they are familiar with the story of the old lady that swallowed a fly. Ask them what they think may happen in this story based on the front cover of the book. Read the book together and as a different experience, share the reading on YouTube by Kid Time Story Time. Kids will be able to sing along and watch the story on the iPad, computer, or other electronic device that you have available. As more verses are added, kids will become more familiar with the tune and sing along with you. The silly story will actively engage even the most shy child.
Have some props available for additional readings. You will need the old lady with a giant mouth, a chick, some straw, an egg, some candy, a basket, and a bowl. The visual will get kids more engaged as you practice the song. Think of different ways the kids could reenact this to share with families at home. Brainstorm with older students to make masks and props to create your own musical together. When your musical is ready, invite others to come to see your version of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick.
To help students practice, email families with the link to the online version of the book to let them practice the song. It may also help to take a moment to make a paper plate Easter basket for each child to bring home. Since kids can make and take this, provide them with cards to color and place inside that go along with the events from There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick. Fantastic First Grade has sequencing cards that she has made that would be perfect. These could be printed in color and laminated, or printed for each individual to color and place inside their paper plate Easter basket.
When sending these the baskets home, be sure to explain to families the premise of the books. Give them a general overview of the book and the words. Another great addition would be to put a translation on the back of cards to allow multilingual families to connect words from all languages.
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