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Students study and perform Aesop's fables. In 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 lesson 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.
Elementary schoolers develop an awareness of the literary form known as the fable. They explore how authors write fables to pass along moral lessons. After reading and discussing many famous fables embedded in the plan, learners attempt to write their own fable that has a clear beginning, middle, and end, as well as a moral. The fables are meant to be written for a 21st century audience, and address a societal issue prevalent in today's society.
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 plan! 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 sure to get even your young boys engaged! 
First graders participate in home and school based literacy activities in this unit. They examine fables in school and practice the literacy activities at home.
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 instructional activity, 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.
Third graders explore fables. In this fables lesson, 3rd graders use Venn Diagrams to organize information about 2 fables they will read. Students work in groups to fill out the diagrams and share their results with the class. Students may also write their own fable.
Analyze and create a well-known, but little studied form of literature: the fable. After learning important vocabulary associated with this genre, use the well-known fable, The Hare and the Tortoise to illustrate the various parts of a fable. This collaborative work as a class should prepare your class for the next creative step: writing and performing their own fable! This resource is great because in addition to an easy-to-follow lesson plan, it provides all the worksheets, graphic organizers, and rubrics students need to feel supported. Note: You will need to provide fables for your class to work with, as this resource only contains the one.
Students analyze fables and trickster tales from various cultural traditions. In this fable analysis lesson, students identify the elements of fables and trickster stories. Students 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. Students choose a moral and write an original fable for it.
Students compare and contrast the Buddhist Jataka Tales with the European fables. They search for the lesson plan 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 lesson, they attach them to drinking straws and place them in a vase.