This blog post has a 38 page free printable for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout!

by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

Using a Pacific Northwest art theme and ocean creatures, this story is a twist on the familiar book, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  With colors that “pop,” the lady in this book becomes larger and larger . . . until, at the end, she swallows the entire ocean!  Of course, she laughs and giggles and all of the creatures come out.  Children love books with repetitive lines, and this book is one they will be chanting along with the adult who reads it aloud.  It is a quick read, but the children will want to hear it over and over.  The art is stunning and based on Pacific Northwest Native People’s art and colors.

My free PDF includes pocket chart cards with pictures for the teacher resource, a student work page, answer key, and more, 38 pages:


Vocabulary pocket chart cards are included in the book companion


Word search (this is the answer key)


Unscramble the words (see also word bank)

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Color words and ordinal number position


Sequencing slider


Story word bank


Palindrome riddle to solve



Trout, whale, walrus, or seal?

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See also more free ocean printables and activities:

ocean-theme-Fry-words-1a-and-1b   ocean-theme-and-matching-cards-ABCs   free-ocean-theme-3-part-cards

dolphin-narrative-and-expository-writing-frames-free   free-sea-turtle-3-part-cards-printable   shells-skip-counting-and-3-part-cards

Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-A-Trout-freebie   deep-sea-ABC-fishing-activity  Cartesian-Diver-experiment

Happy reading, Carolyn



7 replies
  1. Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher
    Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher says:

    I am reading to my granddaughter’s class (2nd grade).
    I am reading the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout.
    I always take several activity or worksheets as a follow up of whatever I read.
    I would like to have a word find sheet and possible another sheet – maybe a math
    sheet or anything that I could use. I will be needing this for the first of March.
    Thank you for your help

    • Carolyn Wilhelm
      Carolyn Wilhelm says:

      Dear Elizabeth Lazarus: I would be happy to help. I am going through all my former posts and updating them with better art and more activities, and it is taking me a long time. This will make me hurry on the redo for this post! Thanks for your interest. I have taught second grade so I will make it appropriate for that grade level. Carolyn

      • Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher
        Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher says:

        Thank you. I really appreciate your help.
        I always like to take an activity sheet whenever I
        read to the classes.

  2. Carolyn Wilhelm
    Carolyn Wilhelm says:

    Elizabeth, I hope this was in time. I was working on a big project this week that took longer than I thought! Have fun reading to the class. Carolyn

  3. Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher
    Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher says:

    Thank you.
    I am sure I can use these ideas.
    And I am sure the students will enjoy working them.

    • Carolyn Wilhelm
      Carolyn Wilhelm says:

      Thank you, Erica, I’m catching on to the Children’s Bookshelf which is a wonderful resource! Thanks, Carolyn

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