The Elves and the Shoemaker

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A six-minute audiobook features the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Elves and the Shoemaker." It describes a fateful Christmas when a group of elves decided to help a husband and wife shoemaker team, and received fancy clothes in return.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Listen to the audiobook before leaving for winter break or during holiday festivities 
  • Encourage pupils to share who they are grateful for and brainstorm ways they can say thank you
  • Direct learners to think of one comprehension question, and compile questions to create a short quiz
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider class members' religious background and holidays that they celebrate 
  • Have headphones available if scholars listen to the book independently 
Pros
  • Provides a short story overview along with a written transcript
  • A clickable link allows users to download the audio file 
Cons
  • User comments and ads are visible