There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout Free PDF

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

(*Note:  See also Google Slide below for students to use online)

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 color that “pops,” 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, 19 pages:  free-there-was-an-old-lady-who-swallowed-a-trout

free printable pages to accompany the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout

I am providing an Amazon Affiliate link for your convenience as I can offer these books at no additional cost to shoppers.  Of course, your local library should have a copy available for checkout, as well.

See also more free 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

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. Erica 03/13/2013 at 9:40 am

    This is a new book to me! Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 03/14/2013 at 11:13 am

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

  2. Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher 02/27/2013 at 9:05 pm

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

  3. Carolyn Wilhelm 02/27/2013 at 3:55 pm

    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

  4. Elizabeth Lazarus - retired teacher 02/22/2013 at 11:56 am

    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 02/22/2013 at 7:52 pm

      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 02/22/2013 at 7:59 pm

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

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