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The Traveler and His Dog

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Why do loiterers blame delay on their active friends? Consider the very question by reading Aesop's 72-word fable "The Traveler and His Dog" and completing a letter-writing activity. As part of a series of audiobooks, the 41-second...
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The Wolf and the Crane

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Should enemies ever get the benefit of the doubt? Readers answer this question after reading Aesop's 96-word fable "The Wolf and the Crane." Part of a larger series, the 48-second audio recording tells the story of a crane that does a...
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The Two Fellows and the Bear

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
How does trust grow between friends, and why is it so important? Aesop's 142-word fable "The Two Fellows and the Bear," addresses the question and challenges readers to think about whether they should trust the friends in their lives. To...
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The Tortoise and the Eagle

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Part of a set of fables, Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Eagle" is all about a tortoise that fulfills his dreams and dies in the process of completing them. The activity after the passage asks readers to write an argumentative response...
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The Swallow and the Crow

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What characteristics make a true friendship? Pupils explore the question when reading "The Swallow and the Crow," Aesop's fable about two birds comparing their feathers. The post-reading graphic organizer encourages thinkers to write...
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The Pomegranate, Apple-Tree, and Bramble

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Aesop's fable about two trees that disagree demonstrates how to handle conflict among an audience. After listening to an audio retelling of "The Pomegranate, Apple-Tree, and Bramble," writers complete an analysis activity to identify the...
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The Peacock and Juno

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Why wouldn't Juno want to give a peacock the voice of a nightingale? After reading Aesop's fable "The Peacock and Juno," individuals learn to be content with what they have because perfection is unattainable. The passage comes with an...
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The Nurse and the Wolf

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
According to Aesop, enemies' promises were made to be broken in his fable "The Nurse and the Wolf." An audio recording pairs nicely with an informative writing activity that challenges pupils to identify and defend the theme of the text. 
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The Mountain in Labor

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Ever made a mountain out of a molehill? Individuals read Aesop's "The Mountain in Labor," a fable about a mountain that groans and attracts attention over a mouse. An audio retelling of the story and graphic organizer examines...
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The Man and the Serpent

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Using a cause/effect graphic organizer, learners analyze the conflict in Aesop's "The Man and the Serpent" after reading the fable. Differentiated for all pupils, the passage has an audio recording that helps bring the fable to life.
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The Man and the Satyr

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Traits that are normal to you may be abnormal to others! Part of a larger series of Aesop's fables, "The Man and the Satyr" is available on an audio and text format that is easy to navigate and concise.
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The Man and His Two Wives

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Challenge pupils by reading a fable about a husband that becomes a victim of his wives' opposite wishes. An audio version of Aesop's fable "The Man an His Two Wives" makes for a great station within a rotation or material for a flipped...
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The Lion in Love

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What would a lion do for love? The lion in this Aesop fable willingly removes his teeth and claws to marry a beautiful maiden. 
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The Labourer and the Nightingale

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Young negotiators ponder the best arguments to escape captivity after listening to Aesop's "The Labourer and the Nightingale," which tells the tale of a clever songbird who secures his own freedom. They then respond to a writing prompt...
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The Kingdom of the Lion

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. After listening to an audio recording of Aesop's "The Kingdom of the Lion," readers discuss the moral and new vocabulary with a series of comprehension questions. 
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The Woodman and the Serpent

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Does everyone always appreciate kindness? Part of a comprehensive series, Aesop's 136-word fable "The Woodman and the Serpent" tells the story of a snake that is rescued by a farmer and later tries biting the farmer's daughter. Readers...
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The Wind and the Sun

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
How powerful is kindness? Aesop's 133-word fable "The Wind and the Sun" is about a bet that is won by kindness between the wind and the sun to see who can make a traveler take off his jacket. Following the reading that is part of a...
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The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Writers may mistake the lesson in Aesop's 107-word fable as a wolf in sheep's clothing because it's so much fun! All about a wolf that disguises himself as a sheep to prey on those within a flock, individuals discuss the theme of...
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The Wolf and the Lamb

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Aesop's "The Wolf and the Lamb" is about a lamb that becomes a victim of a wolf despite any attempt to appease his aggressor. After reading the fable that is part of a larger series, pupils complete an activity to research and apply...
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The Wolf and the Kid

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What is true bravery and how do people demonstrate it? Part of an extensive series of audiobooks, Aesop's 81-word fable "The Wolf and the Kid" tells the story of a boy that bravely attacks an enemy wolf from afar. Paired with a graphic...
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The Two Pots

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Do friends impact our identities? Part of a comprehensive series of fables, Aesop's "The Two Pots" teaches readers that the strong and the weak cannot keep company. Only 98 words and registering a 4.1 on the Flesch-Kincaid readability...
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The Two Crabs

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
How important is it to lead with example? Part of a larger series of audiobooks, Aesop's 70-word fable "The Two Crabs" is about a mother crab that essentially tells her son to do what she says and not as she does. The writing activity...
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The Tree and the Reed

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Are thoughts of superiority ever justified? Aesop's fable "The Tree and the Reed" is about a tree that thinks he's better than a reed and is taught otherwise by nature.The post-reading compare/contrast activity features a graphic...
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The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
When does simplicity trump glamor? Readers compare and contrast a country mouse and a town mouse after reading a 312-word fable by Aesop. The graphic organizer differentiates instruction for all readers, scaffolding them to carefully...