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Myths, Folktales, & Fairy Tales

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce the concept of myths to your class. Using the link to "Myths Around the World," read a story aloud and have learners list characteristics of a myth. Readers then choose their own myths from the site and work in groups to answer...
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Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners define elements of stories from around the world that include helpful animals. They explore animal character motivations and use graphic organizers to compare and contrast animal stories from different cultures.
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Folktale Writing

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Review literary analysis techniques with this reading lesson about folktale writing. Middle schoolers read different folktales from many authors, and write their own folktales to share with the class. They identify the plot, morals and...
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Different Strokes For Different Folktales

For Teachers K - 1st
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...
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African Folktales

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students examine the art of storytelling. In groups, they write their own African folktales, design costumes, props and scenery, and videotape folktale presented in dramatic form.
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Real World Connections

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Explore universal themes in literature with a literacy and multicultural awareness lesson. Elementary and middle schoolers make real world connections between themes in books from several cultures. They make inferences and locate text...
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The Drum

For Teachers 1st
First graders read and discuss the folktale from India "The Drum." They locate India on a map, compare and contrast "The Drum" with other stories, and participate in a Words For Storytelling game. Students also complete an adjective...
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Myths, Folktales, & Fairy Tales for Grades K-3

For Teachers K - 3rd
Have your class explore the art of storytelling through this lesson on fairy tales and folktales. Learners interact with a variety of fairy tales and folktales. They practice telling stories out loud as well as writing their own. This...
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"The Gunny Wolf": American Folktale

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
While you tell the story of "The Gunny Wolf," your class will actively participate by asking questions and clarifying. Next, they answer questions about the story to increase comprehension before creating a storyboard to document the...
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The Drum

For Teachers K
Students complete a variety of activities related to the folktale from India, "The Drum." They listen to the story and answer comprehension questions, construct a coffee can drum, and complete a phonics and matching worksheet.
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Mayan Myths/Folktales

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Middle schoolers work on summarizing a story, and they determine if it is a legend, a myth, or a fable. Working in groups to read and summarize stories, they then list evidence whether the tale is a myth, fable, or legend.  They present...
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Ivan the Fool: Lesson 3

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners read and analyze the Eastern European folktale of 'Ivan the Fool.' They discuss the term 'quest,' identify quests in their own lives, and in small groups design a board game that illustrates the czar's quest to find good wives...
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Ivan the Fool: Lesson 1

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners read and analyze a classic Eastern European folktale. In partners, they read the story, take notes, define vocabulary terms, and write a summary of the folktale.
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Folktales and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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The Magic Apple

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders assimilate information about the origins and purpose of folktales as stories that informed and entertained people around the world. They determine how and why the folktales were handed down and how they changed from...
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Increasing Multicultural Understanding Through Folk Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students read folktales from around the world comparing two of them using a computer generated Venn diagram. They create a game based on a folktale and use software to create a listening library of folktales.
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Developing Listening Skills With Folktales

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students answer questions about a folktale that is read to them. In this listening skills lesson, students practice listening to folktales and answering questions about what they hear. They listen to repetitive readings of the same...
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The Hare and the Tortoise

For Teachers K - 1st
Here is a simple re-telling of the classic fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare." Learners are either read to, or they read along, as each slide progresses through the tale. The moral of the story is present as well; slow and steady wins...
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Fairy Tales and Folklore Tell about....

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Every elementary age child learns about the different genres of literature, this PowerPoint will give them a clear idea of what to look for when identifying Folklore and Fairy Tales. Each slide describe the characteristics of Folklore,...
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Plot Mobiles

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students read folktales and identify the plot of the story by making a mobile. In this inventive and colorful instructional activity, students listen to a variety of famous folktales, and practice identifying the plot. Then, they work...
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Cinderella Trilogy

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students look at three different versions of the Cinderella story. In this comparative literature lesson, students read the Chinese version "Yeh-Shen", the Egyptian version "Rhodopis," and the Native American version "The Hidden One" of...
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The Magic Apple

For Teachers 1st
First graders read The Magic Apple and complete interdisciplinary activities related to the book.  In this folktale lesson, 1st graders answer comprehension questions, recognize and record short /i/  sound words and complete worksheets...
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Jewish Folktales

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students write an essay and create illustrations of Jewish culture. In this literature-response lesson plan, students read various Jewish folktales. As they read, students study the geographical, cultural, and historical background of...
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Characteristics of Imaginative Stories

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore genre characteristics. In this genre literacy lesson, 3rd graders listen to a variety of fiction stories and classify them according to genre. Students identify common features in each genre and complete a chart by...