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Students study and perform Aesop's fables. For this Aesop's fables lesson, students read and/or listen to a number of the famous fables. They make masks based on the characters and perform a fable using the masks. They write about the character depicted by the mask.
Pupils listen to a number of Aesop's fables and identify characters, plot, and morals. They construct and decorate "comedy" and "tragedy" masks, and then perform a retelling of the Aesop's fable of their choice.
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this instructional activity is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.
Third graders develop a presentation based on Aesop's Fables. In this Aesop Fables and presentation lesson, 3rd graders examine the characteristics of fables and how to interpret them. They choose one of Aesop's Fables to research. They work in groups to choose the type of presentation they will make, complete the project sheet, research the fable and the history of fables, and make the presentation.
The video "The Tales of Aesop" traces for viewers the history of fables and identifies their characteristics. The class then goes to the web site "The Fisherman and the Little Fish" where they examine the classic and a modern version of the fable before selecting a fable to modernize. Although designed as an introduction to George Orwell's Animal Farm, the resource can be used as part of any study of fables.
Love this lesson! After learning about fables, pupils create a video representation of their own original story. What a wonderful way to have them explore this genre and learn how to use movie-making software.
A video leads off this activity on fables, introducing the class to this important form of traditional storytelling. The group defines fable and hears an explanation of the origin of this type of folk tale. They summarize the story they watch, state the moral, and relate the moral to their own experiences. Finally, small groups retell a fable, placing it in modern context. A fun lesson plan sure to get even your young boys engaged! 
Third graders study Aesop, a Greek slave who lived around the sixth century B.C. Using video and the Internet, the lesson covers the function of storytelling as the way to pass on a culture's customs and beliefs to the next generation.
Students complete compare and contrast activities dealing with fables and trickster tales to determine how each uses animals to portray human characteristics, specifically strengths and weaknesses, as well as pass wisdom from one generation to the next.
Have your class explore Buddhist Jataka Tales to compare and contrast them to European fables. After defining fables, Jataka tales, and the elements of each, learners identify themes and patterns for both types of narratives and the moral lessons in each. In order to demonstrate their understanding, class members compare and contrast the different types of tales by writing a definition for both, retelling a story in their own words, and composing their own morality tales.
Students write their own fables. In this writing fables lesson, students use handheld computers to write a fable. The class designs a spreadsheet to organize common elements of fables. Students also edit each others' work.
Learners analyze fables and trickster tales from various cultural traditions. In this fable analysis lesson plan, students identify the elements of fables and trickster stories. Learners read Aesop's fables and Ananse spider stories. Students list human traits associate with animals in the stories and compare and contrast the themes in the tales. Learners choose a moral and write an original fable for it.
Pupils compare and contrast the Buddhist Jataka Tales with the European fables. They search for the lesson that is embedded in both.
Use fables as a fun way for English Language Learners to gain confidence and fluency in their reading and speaking skills. After reading a fable in class, they retell their story to a group of their peers. When this jigsaw activity is complete and everyone has heard each fable at least once, small groups work together to match up each fable to its moral. The storytelling nature of fables should make them fun and natural to retell.
Students familiarize themselves with fables by listening to several of them. They define fables. They identify the moral of a specific fable. They identify characters, plot and sequence of events. They create a mask of a character in a fable.
Students read a famous Japanese fable and discuss why the main character plucked its own feathers. Using construction paper, they cut them into feather shapes and color them using colored pencils. To end the instructional activity, they attach them to drinking straws and place them in a vase.
First graders explore the genre of fables. In this fables lesson, 1st graders use various reading strategies to raise comprehension skills. Students make prediction and complete a prediction journal. Students understand that fables have morals.
For this language arts and literature worksheet, learners read 3 separate Aesop's fables that all have the theme of unity. Students then complete 5 pages of essay questions, short answer, detail checking, higher meaning reflections and personal connections. The fables are easy to read; the activities are on a higher level and will make learners think.
Explore the fables of today along with Aesop's ancient fables. Learners will understand the structure of a fable, critically think about the fable's message, and create a activity that they would like to teach through a fable. Suggested fables are included along with follow-up activities. There is also a rubric for writing a fable.
Third graders understand how to find the theme of a fable. In this theme lesson, 3rd graders use graphic organizers to record the events of a fable. Students use that information to determine the lesson of the story. Students do a guided practice then independent practice on assigned readings from Aesop's Fables.