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133 resources with the concept active reading

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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.
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Old Sultan

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Sultan is an old dog, but his friendship with a wolf saves him from a tragic ending. Find out how with a seven-minute audiobook featuring the Brothers Grimm tale, Old Sultan. 
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The Dog in the Manger

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Have you ever refused to share something you didn't need? An audio version of Aesop's "The Dog in the Manger" explores a similar situation and prompts class practice narrative writing skills with a short story about a time they did not...
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The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Would a charcoal-burner make a good roommate? Read about the drawbacks of living with someone in the opposite profession with Aesop's "The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller." A graphic organizer prompts learners to identify the beginning,...
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The Ant and the Grasshopper

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What will the ants do when they hear the sad song of the leisurely grasshopper during the winter? Aesop's "The Ant and the Grasshopper" is the foundation for an activity that allows learners to either rewrite the ending to the fable, or...
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The Golden Goose

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 15-minute audiobook features the Brothers Grimm tale "The Golden Goose." A young boy who often finds himself at the center of jokes discovers a golden goose that helps him to gain respect and a happy ending. 
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Reading to Write

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Silly journal and essay prompts may be fun to write, but they don't model the kind of writing needed for college papers and standardized tests. The 15th part in a series of 24 covers the concept of reading to write—during and after...
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The Elves and the Shoemaker

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
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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The Six Swans

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 13-minute audiobook features "The Six Swans," a Brothers Grimm fairy tale in which a princess rescues her six transformed swan-brothers. All the while, the princess is accused of a crime she did not commit.
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Rapunzel

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Follow along as an engaging narrator reads the story of "Rapunzel." A 12-minute audiobook adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales features a young girl trapped in a tower, where the only means to gain entrance is to climb her long...
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The Frog Prince

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 12-minute audiobook features the Brother Grimms version of the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Frog." Previously transformed into a frog, the prince returns to his human form thanks to a kind, yet reluctant, young princess.  
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Rumpelstiltskin

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Follow along to a 10-minute audiobook featuring the story "Rumpelstiltskin" by the Brothers Grimm. A miller's daughter finds herself in a sticky situation only to receive help from Rumpelstiltskin; however, the man's help does not come...
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The Three Dogs

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Adapted from a German tale, a 14-minute audio retelling of"The Three Dogs" details the adventure of an innocent shepherd who finds himself in jail, but thanks to three small dogs, escapes and seeks justice. 
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The Missing Bunny

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Add a 20-minute audiobook titled "The Missing Bunny" to your spring curriculum. Find out what happens when a monkey named Theo is framed when the Easter Bunny goes missing, but thanks to a helpful police dog, is set free and claimed...
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The Girl Who Missed Christmas

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
It can be tough waking up in the morning, especially for a young girl named Natalie. Follow along with a 15-minute audiobook to discover the lesson Natalie learned after one late morning caused her to miss Christmas. 
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Astropup Part One

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Space and dogs—two great ways to get young listeners interested in a story! A two-part audiobook features a tale about a dog named Bonzo and his astronomical adventure through outer-space. 
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The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Take a journey over the rainbow with a 24-chapter audiobook featuring the classic tale The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. After a tornado passes through her farm, a young girl named Dorothy finds herself in a colorful world filled with...
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The White Snake

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A servant with the ability to communicate with animals wishes to marry a princess. Find out how his animal friends help him make his wish a reality with a 14-minute audio story "The White Snake" by the Brothers Grimm. 
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The Brahman, the Tiger and the Jackal

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A holy man saves a tiger from a trap, but the tiger wants to eat the man. How does he escape? Find out with a nine minute audiobook featuring a tale from India titled "The Brahman, the Tiger, and the Jackal."