Cherokeee Myth: Origin of Strawberries


Fourth graders read a Cherokee myth about the origin of strawberries. After reading the story, they add another chapter to it and read their additions to the class. Or, as a group activity, they each write a few sentences and then pass it on to the next student to add to it.

Resource Details

Instructional Designs
Project-Based Learning
45 mins

Independent Reading: Building The Power of Stamina

The Incredible Book-Eating Boy is read aloud to young readers, and the story is discussed. Then, the lesson goes into how to build up one's reading stamina. The class brainstorms ways that they can build up their stamina such as: staying in one reading spot, reading silently, sticking with a book until it's finished, etc. Pupils are given a Reading Stamina Tracking Worksheet, that's embedded in the plan, and they use it to track their reading stamina each time they attempt to read an entire book by themselves.

Writing Your Own Original Myth

After your class has examined several Greek myths, provide an opportunity for individuals to compose their own myths. The resource includes information about mythology and heroes as well as a mythology writing prompt and related graphic organizer designed for planning writing. Tip: When all of the myths are complete, create a class book!

Developing Reading Fluency: Criteria for Reading Aloud

Third graders develop their reading superpowers in a lesson on fluency. After first listening to an audio recording or teacher read aloud, the class works together identifying criteria for fluent reading, focusing on phrasing, rate, punctuation, and expression. Children then participate in a whole-class choral reading of a familiar text before pairing up for further practice with fluent reading. Though the lesson is part of a third grade unit and cites specific texts, it can easily be adapted to other ages and pieces of literature. An excellent resource for developing this fundamental skill in young readers.

Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Predators and Prey

Reading is fantastic, especially when it's reading about bullfrogs. Kids get cozy with predator/prey relationships as they hone their information-reading skills. They start out as they read a portion of the text aloud, then they think-pair-share, and finally they finish up be re-reading the selected passage and completing a worksheet. The one really nice thing about this lesson is that it provides considerations for students that may need additional support.

Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Main Ideas about the Bullfrog

As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson plan in this literary unit helps third graders transition from reading narrative to expository writing. Scholars develop their note-taking skills as they read through the last page in the book, identifying the main ideas and key details they encounter. Readers are also introduced to a glossary that contains key vocabulary found in the text.  Through a series small group and whole-class discussions, students continue to learn how the adaptations of a bullfrog help it to survive. A great lesson plan for teaching students how to read and comprehend expository text.  

Artistic Interpretation of a Classic: The Author's Role

Reading the original Hans Christian Andersen tale of “The Little Mermaid” and viewing the Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from the San Francisco Ballet video offers class members an opportunity to consider how artistic decisions made by an author impact influence interpretation. Interviews with John Neumeier, the choreographer for the ballet and Lera Auebach, the composer, give insight into their artistic vision and inspiration. The included discussion questions and learning activities help groups prepare their own adaptations of a well-known fairy tale.

Myth Connections

Ninth graders present tales and myths in the oral tradition. They discuss the African method of telling a story where each member of the group tells a part of the story. They make up a composite hero and write a story that describes three adventures of this hero,

Myths, Folktales & Fairy Tales

Students relate the myth genre to history and culture.  In this myths instructional activity, students compare culture in the past and present.  Students answer critical thinking questions  and discuss the unique characteristics of the myths. Students recognize characteristics of myths and present and original folktale.

Monster and Myths: Scripts

Students explore characteristics of the myth genre.  In this myth lesson, students become familiar with various myths and the cultures they were derived from. Students compare in a graphic organizer. Students write original myths and dramatize them. Students share their work.

Hit or Myth

Students define myths and explain why mythic figures are used in movies. After reading an article, they discover the myth surrounding the lost city of Atlantis. They read and examine myths from ancient civilizations and identify similarities among characters, themes and plots. They create a children's book based on myths of different civilizations.

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