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Third graders read Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan and use the maps in the story to relate to maps in their hands and shown how to use map scales. In this maps lesson plan, 3rd graders measure the miles traveled from one place to another using a map scale.
Discover with your class the humorous solution that follows tall tales. Elementary learners will discuss the tall tale Paul Bunyan and give ordinary solutions for the problems in the story. They will read Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg and do guided and independent practice using passages from this story.
Students explore the attributes of American tall tales. In this folklore lesson plan, students read several tall tales, describe the elements of tall tales, and then use hyperbole to write their own tall tales.
Students explore elements of American folktales and tall tales. In this literature lesson, students read examples of American folktales and tall tales and prepare a monologue or news report to present to the class based on their readings.
Students use tall tales to learn about United States history and geography. For this tall tales lesson, students watch a dramatic re-enactment of tall tale characters. Students then discuss the history of tall tales and the exaggerated elements of the tales. Students then discuss the geography elements incorporated in the tall tales. Students research regions of the US and answer the questions about landmarks in their regions.
Students research the history of tall tales. In groups, they discuss the relationship of tall tales to geography and history. Students research a landmark. They create a pictorial scene of the landmark. Students explore the landmark as described in a tall tale.
Using Keynote, pupils will collaborate with their peers to create a tall tale. Each person in the group will participate by creating slides, adding text, and recording their voice. Tip: Have each group present their tall tales to the rest of the class.
Students identify tall tale characters and locations, based on actual people and places, and describe how they are used in an exaggerated way. Students identify created characters and events from tall tales and list various literary characterisitcs of tall tales. Students create their own tall tale.
Students 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.
Fourth graders identify elements of a tall tale and a play. In this genre study activity, 4th graders compare the elements of a tall tale and the elements of a web that are written on the board. Students read the story, Tall Tale Man and discuss if it was a true tall tale or not.
Infusing critical thinking into the mix, this lesson plan has pupils analyze events in story to determine which are real and which are exaggerated. They begin the activity by discussing how to use Kispiration to create a story map. Then, they listen to a tall tale and map out the events, identifying which ones were real and which ones were exaggerated.
Students explore tall tales. In this literature lesson, students examine a variety of tall tales and then write and illustrate a tall tale using exaggeration and other tall tale attributes.
Second graders discover that American Tall Tales create heroes out of everyday working people. In this American folktale lesson plan students are introduced to the genre of American Folktales. Posters with different pictures of Tall Tales provide students with clues as to what the stories are about. The students read folktales and write in their journals.
Students examine how cowboys lives have changed over the years. They also explore what a tall tale is and create their own.
Students compare and contrast the details from the life of the real David Crockett and the legendary folk hero he later became. They identify the characteristics of a tall tale and follow a rubric to create a tall tale of their own.
Review the elements of tall tales with your class. Take a look at their genesis and purpose. Different types of figurative language found in tall tales are included such as hyperbole, simile, and metaphor. Before reading an American tall tale, go through these slides with your class to give them background information. 
Elementary schoolers read many tall tales. They create their own tall tale about a specific event of their choosing. They must act the part of the author. This well-designed lesson takes three class sessions to complete, and is well-worth the time. Learners utilize internet resources and publishing resources to create their own tall tale based on an everyday event.
Young scholars examine the characteristics of tall tales and how exaggerations are used. They create a character that is larger than life, they brainstorm attributes for their character, before writing a Tall Tale. They plan out their story, write multiple drafts, and word process it. They cut out the body parts of their character and attach them to the writing.
Students explore American tall tales. In this tall tale lesson, students discover the six characteristics that are included in tall tales. Students survey their class to find each student's favorite tall tale character and organize the data on a graph. Students write a tall tale using themselves as the hero/heroine.
Sixth graders investigate tall tales as a literary genre. They listen to a number of tall tales to discover how exaggeration is used as a story element. They write and publish a tall tale using word processing software. They illustrate the main character of the story.

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