Anansi and the Tug o' War

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Combine art, math, language arts, drama, and delicious Jell-o with a instructional activity based on the African folktale Anansi and the Tug o' War. Kids make predictions and discuss plot points of the story before joining in on enrichment activities that incorporate the themes and topics of the story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • A good addition to a unit on aquatic life or animal habitats
  • Have kids compare additional traits in small groups to reinforce comparative and superlative adjectives
  • Set up stations where groups can rotate between the different activities (art, cooking, drama, writing, etc)
  • See if kids can come up with their own version of a trickster tale
Classroom Considerations
  • You will need to buy or borrow a copy of Anansi and the Tug o' War
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  • Provides a variety of activities that will appeal to all learners
  • All worksheets and materials are available
  • Comes with a version of the lesson for both first and second grades, in addition to the kindergarten lesson
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Common Core