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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.
Students use the children's story of The Tortoise And The Hare in order to investigate the graphing of equations. The story is converted to an algebraic word problem for them to solve. Students investigate the relationships of data and how it is tied to finding the solutions.
Class members listen to a reading of The Foolish Tortoise and the Greedy Python, noting especially the descriptive words used and the sequence of events in the tale. The subsequent discussion focuses on these descriptive words and the progression of the main characters. Writers then choose an animal and quality (slow cheetah) and create a story about problems the creature faces because of these qualities.
Using a two-paragraph version of The Tortoise and the Hare as a reference, individuals or small groups answer a series of questions designed to assess comprehension and vocabulary skills. A second worksheet also encourages students to use visual observation to compare and contrast animals related to the story. This woud work well for an independent center activity.
Practice basic map skills with the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. After listening to the story, class members create a map that indicates the starting line, the path the animals took, where they stopped to rest, and the finish line. Your young cartographers can also draw symbols that represent what the racers pass. The discussion focuses on doing your best work rather than doing your work fast. Extension activities and assessment plans are available.
Third graders observe words together as a class that follow the Turtle Rule and the Spider Rule to divide syllables. They look at several words together on the board and determine which rule they follow. One volunteer goes up to the board and divides the word into syllables and then the class decides which rule it follows.
In these classical literature worksheets, students read part of the passage from Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Students then answer several reading comprehension about the passage and complete two tables that help them determine distinctions between a tortoise and a sea turtle and a hare and rabbit.