screenshot 2019-01-08 at 16.52.38What I love about this book is the repeating vocabulary and funny storyline that captivates children. It’s the perfect book to build a lesson around for little English learners.

The classic book with a hole in it and CD for $6, you can’t go wrong with this purchase. I got my copy from Book Depository (free shipping world wide). You can also find all kinds of free versions on youtube to listen to or sing along with. You can also find it on Amazon for about the same price.

screenshot 2019-01-08 at 17.29.20I have created a free printable PDF with eight photos. I make one copy for each child, and they can cut them out and put them in their English books. They are also great for a pocket chart as we sing along. You could also play charades with the cards, or “Jump for It.” The possibilities are endless, really.






shoo-fly-006I’m also using the free printable over at Sunflower Storytime. The children can cut out the animals and glue them in the old lady. I also saw someone replace her stomach with a clear plastic bag, so that the animals are dropped into the bag. I thought that was rather clever but I haven’t tried it yet.

The Lesson:

Start out by reading the book, then listen to the CD and encourage the children to sing along.

Next close the book and sing the song using the PDF print out, so that the children make the connection between the song and the actual animals.  Encourage the children to point to each animal when it is sung.

End with the craft -cut out the animals and glue them into the Old Lady’s tummy.

Don’t forget to circle back to the song and PDF visual for a few weeks in a row, otherwise all your work is for nothing.  Repeat that song again, and again, and AGAIN. You will be sick of it, but a child can sing the same song all day long 😉  Have fun.


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