Fables Teacher Resources
Find Fables educational ideas and activities
Showing 1 - 20 of 1,047 resources
Masks and Aesop's Fables
Learners 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.
Masks and Aesop's Fables
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.
Character Traits in Fables
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.
Fabulous, Fractured Fables
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.
Aesop's Fables (Grade 3)
Third graders develop a presentation based on Aesop's Fables. In this Aesop Fables and presentation activity, 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.
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.
Those Fabulous Fables
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!
Acting Like a Bunch of Animals: Fables and Human
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.
Elements of a 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.
Literature Response for Home-School Connections: Fables
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.
Those Fabulous Fables
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.
Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales
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.
Morality "Tails" East and West: European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales
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.
What Makes a Fable?
Third graders explore fables. In this fables instructional activity, 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.
All About Aesop
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.
Aesop's Fables: Unity
In 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.
Fables and Trickster Tales Around the World
Students analyze fables and trickster tales from various cultural traditions. In this fable analysis activity, 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.
Mortality "Tails" East and West; European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales
Students compare and contrast the Buddhist Jataka Tales with the European fables. They search for the instructional activity that is embedded in both.
Writing Skills: Fables
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.