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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
There is a valuable lesson revealed in the fable The Tortoise and the Eagle, and scholars examine it as they learn about theme, summarizing, and main ideas. The text is included here; read it once for learners to understand the whole story before demonstrating summary through a think aloud. There is a script here for this if you need it. Emphasize breakdown of the story into beginning, middle, and end, finishing by paraphrasing the author's main message. There are discussion questions here to prompt learners into deeper connections with the text before they try summarizing a fable on their own. Consider challenging the class to write their own fables and summarize a partner's writing.
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.
For this language arts and literature worksheet, students 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 students 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 lesson plan 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.
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.