Monday, October 22, 2012

The Little Old Lady who Was Not Afraid of Anything FREEBIE

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I'm back from a quick but fabulous trip to South Georgia where I got to spend time with my family, eat at my favorite home-town restaurants, enjoy good home-cooking by my mom and mother-in-love, shop, visit my old church, have a pumpkin-carving contest (my husband won!), and play soccer in the front yard with the kids! It was extremely fast-paced and I'm exhausted, but spending that time with my family was sooo worth it! Even though I'm yawning every 15 minutes, I'm at least mentally and emotionally rejuvenated after a fun-filled get-a-way!

Anyway, I LOVE teaching The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything during Halloween! It is a wonderful book for predicting, WH questions, vocabulary, Story Grammar Marker, feelings, sequencing, and just plain FUN! A few months ago, I joined LessonPix, an online resource for clipart images and templates, and I'm completely addicted! The price is great ($36 a year), the pictures are awesome, and my favorite part: if they don't have an image you need, just email them, and they'll make it for you! Bill over at LessonPix has given me permission to share this download with you! I created these vocabulary cards for the story, and my kiddos are LOVING them! It makes story retell and identifying the story elements much easier for struggling kiddos. You can print them, laminate them, and either use Velcro (my choice), or hot glue sticks to the back of them! If you haven't tried LessonPix yet, it's a MUST! Hope you enjoy the activity!


Here's an Amazon affiliate link for the book:

Have a fabulous day, and as always, thanks so much for your support!


  1. I'm reading this story now with my groups!
    Did you already choose/announce a winner for the giveaway?

    1. Hi Amy, I'm so glad you can use the materials! The winner was chosen on Friday at lunch. I announced it on the Let's Talk facebook page. I'll have another giveaway soon, so stay tuned!

  2. My favorite Halloween book! It seems to relate nicely to lots of ages! Thanks!
    Let's Talk Speech Therapy

  3. Thanks for the freebie! I love this book and use it all the time in therapy.

    Talking With Rebecca

  4. Hi Whitney,
    I am also using this book with my groups this week and love it! Here are a few additional links that have some resources I like:

    and the last two pages of this plan to target sequencing:

    Whitney- What developmental narrative stage would you classify this book as for Braidy/SGm? I've just been working on retell of actions with target on transition words. But I feel like I can't use this book with my 3rd-5th graders since they are likely beyond this level? I'm having difficulty finding good books to teach cause/effect for the reaction/abbreviated stage (eg...Big Al tried to disguise himself with seaweed BUT it didn't work and the fish swam away)... Any suggestions?


    1. Hi Stefanie! Thanks so much for the additional resources. They're great! It's funny you asked about the developmental narrative stage because I was just thinking about this over the weekend! Before I answered you, I checked with our district SGM resource person to be sure. She and I decided that we would classify this book as a complete episode. Here's why: It has a character, setting, and initiating event (scary clothes). It discusses the character's feelings (she was not scared, and then her actions showed she was scared later on). The old lady wanted the scary clothes to leave her alone, so she came up with an idea (plan). She dressed them up as a scarecrow, which made both her and the jack-o-lantern happy, so there was a direct consequence and a resolution.

      That being said, I mostly use this story just as you have been-to teach action sequences and transition words. I tend to use it with my younger lovies and my ASD classes as well. As for some suggestions of books for older kids, look at these. I personally use these LOTS with my kiddos.

      1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
      2. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
      3. Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer
      4. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
      5. Piere the Penguin by Jean Marzollo

      There are also more suggestions in my previous blog posts on SGM. Hope this helps!

      Whitney :)

  5. Thank you Whitney! I would have never thought complete episode but i guess you're right! Maybe i'll try it out just for fun this week with my fourth and fifth grade groups who are finally understanding all the SGM icons..and see if they can identify the parts. Question- for your upper elementary grades- do you ever try to incorporate the students' classroom curriculum stories into your lessons rather than using isolated picture books?

    1. You are welcome! Yes-for my older students (there aren't that many of them right now) I try to mostly use their classroom curriculum stories with my lessons. It just depends on what we are working on and whether their classroom story fits. Also, I have a few students who are sick of reading their classroom stories by the time we read them because they read them in class and in intervention lab. For those students, I almost always choose my own books. I also try to choose books that go along with what they are learning about in class (i.e. planets, constitution, etc.) This way I am reinforcing the vocabulary they are already using!