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I Know an Old Lady...


Do you know the song, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly"? It is a popular children's song using farm animals. The tune was written by Alan Mills, and the lyrics were penned by Rose Bonne. Probably the best-known version of the song was released on Brunswick Records in 1953, and sung by Burl Ives. (Wikipedia)

LessonPix has pictures to correspond with the farm animals in the song. Great as a visual to help recall, sequence, and participate in the song. Use the pictures for theme-based activities such as...

  • bingo
  • board games
  • coloring sheets for a class book
  • lacing cards
  • word wall words
  • puppets
  • and much, much more.


There are many children's books of I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly or similar stories. Lucille Colandro is a popular children's book author who has written many stories following the same style.

LessonPix offers a section of Clip Art under Stories and Songs called "Old Lady Stories". You can quickly grab the pictures you'd like that correspond to the story, and then create numerous custom learning materials. Here are some examples below...

Old Lady - Start with a picture of an Old Lady.

(Click for a "One Page Picture" of the Old Lady Face. "One Page Pictures" are simply that - a single page picture with no box.)

Now you can get creative. Cut out her mouth and glue on a container. Students can put picture cards of items she eats into her mouth. You can also just hold the pictures of what she eats on top of her mouth, pretending to feed her.

Next you can make picture cards or other materials using the items from the story.

Here are picture and word cards for the story, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books. Use the picture and word cards to match to words in the story, display on a word wall, or "feed" the Old Lady.

(Click for a free sample of these picture and word cards)

Here is an activity with Large and Small Pictures for the story I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat. Students can cut out the smaller picturesand use to retell the story in sequence. They may glue the small pictures on the old lady as they retell. This can help with story vocabulary, sequencing, and retelling.

(Click for Free Sample of Large and Small Pictures)

Using the story, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, here is a game called I Have Who Has? This game develops vocabulary and is an activity that can be used before reaing or after reading the story. This activity is also great to use with student pictures as a getting-to-know-you activity.

(Click for a Free Sample of I Have You Have Cards)

Since these stories are tied to motivating holidays and themes, this is a great way to incorporate holidays and fun activities to literature and learning.

Lessonpix is a low-cost resource that empowers you to create the materials you need for your needs. Whether teaching reading, speech therapy, homeschooling, or special needs, you can create custom materials quickly and easily.