Fables Teacher Resources

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One of Aesop's Fables

For Students 1st Standards
It's one thing to have an idea, but someone has to put it into action! Young pupils read a rendition of Aesop's fable of the mice in the council before answering four questions about details from the text.
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Critical Thinking With Fables New and Old

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Explore the fables of today along with Aesop's ancient fables. Learners will understand the structure of a fable, critically think about the fable's message, and create a lesson plan that they would like to teach through a fable....
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Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars complete compare and contrast activities dealing with fables and trickster tales to determine how each uses animals to portray human characteristics, specifically strengths and weaknesses, as well as pass wisdom from one...
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Those Fabulous Fables

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A video leads off this activity on fables, introducing the class to this important form of traditional storytelling. The group defines fable and hears an explanation of the origin of this type of folk tale. They summarize the story they...
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Fable Writing - Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Sciences

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Before writing their own fables, class members select an animal or insect to use in their story and research its character, habits, movements, etc. After reading a wide variety of fables and identifying the elements of a fable, writers...
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Teaching with Aesop's Fables

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Bring the applicable morals of Aesop's Fables to your classroom with a series of reading comprehension activities. With 12 different fables with activities and exercises, the packet focuses on the ways learners can apply the fables and...
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Learn about Fables

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Expose young readers to a new genre of fiction with a short reading passage. After learning about fables, children identify the main idea and supporting details in preparation for writing a short summary. Read the text as a class,...
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Audio Aesop: Listen to the Lesson!

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Aesop's Fables are the focus of this language arts instructional activity. Young philosophers study and discuss the morals found in the most famous of Aesop's Fables. They write an original fable that teaches a common moral. A "Fable...
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Aesop's Fables

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Examine the fables of Aesop with your class. Pupils identify the morals of fables and role-play a scene from their favorite fable of Aesop. Additionally, they compose letters to a favorite character in the fable. Learners role-play again...
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Aesop's Fables

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Regale your class with renditions of Aesop's fables from the engaging, and beautifully illustrated book by Jerry Pinkney. Guide discussion to practice prediction, compare and contrast various stories, explore the connections between the...
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Four Aesop Fables

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Listen and enjoy as an engaging narrator reads four of Aesop's fables in a 13-minute audiobook. Fables include "The Rat and the Elephant," "The Grasshopper and the Ants," "The Fox and the Crow," and "The Little Mouse."  
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Introduction to Myths, Fables, and Legends

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Middle schoolers identify elements of myths, fables, and legends as they read an example of each.  After reading an example of each type of story, they list elements from each.  They compare and contrast these features by completing a...
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Introduce: Summarizing Narrative Text with the Fable the Tortoise and the Eagle

For Teachers K - 3rd
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...
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Writing Skills: Fables

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Use fables as a fun way for English Language Learners to gain confidence and fluency in their reading and speaking skills. After reading a fable in class, they retell their story to a group of their peers. When this jigsaw activity is...
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Identifying Text Features of a Self-Written Fable

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Make learning the parts of a book fun by having pupils construct their own glossary entries, table of contents, and title page. Beginning with a review of text features and a hunt for examples, kids use previously written fables to...
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Fables: A Short Anthology

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore fables with your class. Learners read a series of fables, including The Mouse and the Lion, and then match the moral to the correct story. This is a great way to end a unit on fables. This resource could also be used to explain...
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Learning Life Lessons through Fables

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Explore a variety of fables to learn life's lessons through engaging stories. Add rigor to the learning process with activities that include matching a a fable to the story's moral, short answer exit slips, and a three-column graphic...
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Japanese Crane Fable

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students read a famous Japanese fable and discuss why the main character plucked its own feathers. Using construction paper, they cut them into feather shapes and color them using colored pencils. To end the lesson, they attach them to...
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Up-to-Date Aesop

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Students translate one of Aesop's fables into a modern setting with modern language. They illustrate a fable using art supplies or illustration software on the computer.
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Lots of Lessons from Aesop

For Teachers 5th
Aesop’s Fables offer young learners an opportunity to study figurative language. After reviewing theme, simile, alliteration, and metaphor, model for your pupils how to identify examples of these devices in the fable. Class members then...
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Understanding Theme with Fables

For Students 7th - 12th
What is the moral of the story? Ask your class to read a series of fables from which the last line has been removed. After supplying this concluding statement, they must justify their responses. This could be used as an individual or...
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Fearless Fables

For Students 1st - 4th
This literature-based worksheet presents pupils with the fable "The Lion and the Elephant Retold" by Ellen Baumwoll. No lesson is attached but the handout could be used as a resource to create Reader's Theater.
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Morality "Tails" East and West: European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Have your class explore Buddhist Jataka Tales to compare and contrast them to European fables. After defining fables, Jataka tales, and the elements of each, learners identify themes and patterns for both types of narratives and the...
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Masks and Aesop's Fables

For Teachers K - 4th
Students study and perform Aesop's fables. In this Aesop's fables lesson, students read and/or listen to a number of the famous fables. They make masks based on the characters and perform a fable using the masks. They write about the...