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The Herdsman and the Lost Bull

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Can ignorance sometimes be a blessing? See what your class thinks as they identify the theme of Aesop's fable "The Herdsman and the Lost Bull" and analyze character motivations within the text. The resource comes with an audiobook...
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A Teacher's Guide to Julius Caesar

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are the lessons of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar still applicable today? Explore themes, characterization, and plot structure with a thorough teacher's guide to the play. The resource covers the entire text and offers rigorous activities...
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The Frog and the Ox

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
A conceited frog pays the consequence in Aesop's "The Frog and the Ox." Pupils listen to an audio version of the fable before comparing and contrasting it with another with a concept map. 
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The Fox and the Mosquitoes

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
 A trapped fox prefers the full mosquitoes swarming him to the hungry ones who would replace them in Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Mosquitoes.” Class members listen to an audio version of the tale before completing a graphic organizer...
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The Four Oxen and the Lion

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Long before Benjamin Franklin advocated for standing together against the British, Aesop warned about the dangers of a group divided in his fable "The Four Oxen and the Lion." An audio retelling of the story describes a quarreling herd...
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The Fawn and His Mother

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Teach your class about fear and cowardice from the perspective of a doe and her fawn. A teaching resource based on Aesop's "The Fawn and His Mother" includes an audio version of the fable, a text passage, and a reading activity in which...
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The Crow and the Pitcher

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Critical thinking can save lives! After listening to an audio retelling of Aesop's The Crow and the Pitcher, , learners build a mobile to storyboard the events from the plot.
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The Lion and the Mouse

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Have a roaring good time teaching narrative writing with Aesop's "The Lion and the Mouse.” The passage contains an audio recording that differentiates instruction for all readers with a written transcript of the story. Learners conclude...
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Hercules and the Waggoner

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Build learners as strong as Hercules with a narrative writing and critical thinking activity. One out of a set of Aesop's fables, the audiobook recording differentiates the passage with text versions of the story. Class members then...
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The Hart in the Ox-Stall

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Take the bull by its horns with an audio retelling of Aesop's fable "The Hart in the Ox-Stall." Part of a larger set, the resource contains an audiobook recording and text passage. After listening to the story, class members...
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The Hart and the Hunter

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Hunt down a great way to teach characterization with one of Aesop's fables. An audio retelling of "The Hart and the Hunter" depicts the prideful hart and its disdain for its slender, quick legs. The activity concludes with a written...
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The Hare and the Tortoise

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Does slow and steady really win the race? Class members listen to an audio version of "The Tortoise and the Hare" before completing a math activity, which prompts them to calculate distance, rate, and time. A writing assignment prompts...
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The Goose with the Golden Eggs

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Aesop gives golden advice in a fable about greed. After listening to the audio version of "The Goose with the Golden Eggs," pupils practice writing new resolutions to the story. 
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The Fox, the Rooster, and the Dog

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What happens when a tricky rooster tries to outsmart a cunning fox? An audio retelling of Aesop's fable "The Fox, the Rooster, and the Dog" inspires learners to think about any deception they may have used in order to get what they want....
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The Fox and the Grapes

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Your class won't have sour grapes over understanding idioms after reading one of Aesop's most famous fables! After listening to the audio passage, learners explore an idiom of their own to investigate. E
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The Farmer and the Cranes

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Actions are stronger than words, according to Aesop. Pupils read "The Farmer and the Cranes" in which a farmer takes action against the trespassing cranes in his wheat field. They then create a picture book to depict the events from the...
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The Dog and the Wolf

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
See why a wolf would rather starve alone than join a family in Aesop's "The Dog and the Wolf." After listening to an audio retelling of the fable, learners answer four literary analysis questions about characterization, plot, and...
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The Dog and the Shadow

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Don't let jealousy overshadow thankfulness for your blessings. Aesop's "The Dog and the Shadow" presents a jealous dog and his lost meal with an audio recording and annotation activity to reinforce the fable's theme with textual evidence.
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The Cat-Maiden

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Can you ever change your true nature? Aesop's "The Cat-Maiden" explores the theme of identity with an experiment involving a cat-turned-wife. After listening to an audio version of the fable, learners argue their own opinions about the...
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The Boy Hunting Locusts

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What matters more: intention or action? Address the question with an audio version of Aesop's "The Boy Hunting Locusts." Pupils work together to decipher the moral of the fable in a reading response activity.
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Belling the Cat

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
It's easy to come up with ideas, but much harder to implement them! Learners read along to an audio recording of Aesop's "Belling the Cat" before coming up with a plan that will keep the fable's mice safe while placing a bell on a cat.
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The Bear and the Fox

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
When you hear the words philanthropy, respect, and tender, do you think of a bear's attitude toward man? The bear from Aesop's "The Bear and the Fox" certainly does—and the fox would beg to differ! Class members listen to an audio...
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The Bat and the Weasels

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Teach your class about being as adaptable as a bat with Aesop's "The Bats and the Weasels." After listening to an audio retelling of the fable, learners fill out a KWL chart about the story, including what they learned about bats.
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The Brave Little Tailor

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 16-minute audiobook features the classic Brothers Grimm tale "The Brave Little Tailor." After slaying seven flies with one blow, a clever tailor continues to prove his strength by outsmarting a unicorn, a princess, and a giant.