Folktales Teacher Resources
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Myths, Folktales, & Fairy Tales
Srtudents explore the folktale and folklore genres as well as the world of myths. They read myths and folktales to increase knowledge of world cultures and traditions and follow the writing process to create writing in different genres.
A great way to learn to understand people and their environment is to study their folktales. Stories from China, Vietnam, India, Iran, Persia, and Palestine offer an opportunity for readers to investigate the cultures of Asia. A list of suggested stories, activities, cross-curriculum, as well as school/home extensions, and assessments are included with the scripted plan.
Sokdam: Korean Adages, Folktales, and Proverbs
Students explore literature of the Korean culture. In this Korean literature lesson, students read common Korean adages, folktales and proverbs. Students compare the works with American expressions.
"The Princess and the Beggar" A Korean Folktale
Learners read the specified folktale, and discuss the story elements as a whole class. In this reading lesson, students choose a character and preform the part in a small skit.
Different Strokes For Different Folktales
Young readers use graphic organizers, such as Venn diagrams and story maps, to analyze a variety of folktales and the elements of a story. They use writing, sequencing activities, and creative art to identify the morals learned from a read aloud. This is a unit with at least eight lessons, and handouts are included.
Genre Study-legends and Folktales
Second graders explore the genre of folktales. In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders are read several folktales and discuss what elements make up a folktale. Students write a folktale of their own.
Myths, Folktales, & Fairy Tales for Grades 10-12
Students read and study myths, folktales, folklore, and fairy tales of different cultures through history. They use web tools to conduct research about different cultures and to write and publish an original folktale. they share their folktale with class members using appropriate fluency skills
Activity Plan 3-4: Folktale Puppets
Students discover how enjoyable working together can be with this lively puppet play. In this early childhood lesson plan, students develop cooperation, literacy, and creative-thinking skills as they work in small groups to develop a puppet show based on favorite folktales.
Students identify that Japanese folktales reveal information about Japanese history, life, and customs. Students identify and interpret the work kamishibai, paper play and explain that in Japanese folktales are told through a series of large pictures that depict the important scenes of the story.
Examining World Cultures Through Folktales
Folktales reveal volumes about a culture, so get your literary analysts perusing them for anthropological clues! Learners examine characteristics of a folktale before researching one particular culture to better understand their folklore. There is a focus on Internet source evaluation, and learners rate sites they find for their informational value. They examine six stories and create their own folktale from the culture they research. No worksheets or rubrics are included.
Social Studies: Religions and Folktales of India
Students examine the world's major religions, focusing on India as presented in folktales. They take notes while reading the stories and retell them orally. Students research belief systems and write one-paragraph reflections about them.
Students read different types of folktales. They participate in many activities in which they examine characters found in the tales. They create their own folktales and shares them with the class.
Folktales and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict
Story elements such as conflict, character analysis, resolution, and moral are discussed and charted as elementary children read folktales involving animals. An element of science is also introduced as learners discover what a keystone species is and consider the role animals play in the ecosystem. Complete with worksheets, extensions, and links to stories the class will read, this is easily adaptable to younger grades.
African American Traditions: Cameroonian and African-American Folktales
High schoolers compare Cameroonian and African-American folktales. In this folktales lesson, students participate in a jigsaw activity that requires them to read "The Owl Never Sleeps as Night," "Why the Lizard Often Nods," "Tappin, the Land Turtle" and "The Invisible Tortoise." High schoolers note the parts of the tales that have an American flair and discuss their findings.
Folktale Unit Ideas
Students read a variety of folktales and participate in writing, drawing, measurement, and time activities that relate to the stories. They graph the number of different versions of one folktale that the class finds and reads.
American Folktales and Tall Tales
Middle schoolers explore the elements of American folktales. They discuss how they are passed on from generation to generation, how they use exaggeration, and how they convey a message or make a point. Students identify common elements of tall tales, and write a tall tale of their own, which they read aloud to the class.
Kodomo No Hi: Children's Day Celebration
Children's Day is a beloved Japanese holiday with many colorful and engaging traditions. On this national holiday celebrated yearly on May 5, children are honored for their strengths and given good wishes for happiness. Your younger elementary class will enjoy making origami flowers and paper samurai helmets as well as singing a traditional Japanese song and hearing Japanese folktales. This mini-immersion resource has picture vocabulary, background information, learning goals, focus activity ideas, and more helpful resources for teachers.
Drama and African American Folktales: Addressing the Social Development Needs of My Students
Fifth graders develop cultural awareness of their heritage, therefore building their self-esteem. They discover the link between learning and social skills and recognize that learning is an integral part of their lives. The recognize African folktales as a literary genre.
Exploring Russian Folktales
Students examine Russian Folktales. In this folklore lesson plan, students discuss the attributes of common folktales they know and then discover details regarding Russian folktales. Students read 3 folktales and then complete the provided analysis sheets. Students discuss their findings and write essays based on aspects of the tales they read.
Folktale through African Art
Students study folktales and other stories from West Africa. By hearing and reading these stories they explore many new cultural and religious beliefs, such as spirits inhabiting nature and possessing special powers. Once the students become familiar with these, they go to the gallery with some knowledge and background of the culture that created the works of art.