Filled with rich vocabulary and meaningful life lessons, Aesop’s Fables have been enjoyed by children for centuries. Reading, discussing, and writing about fables encourages students to think deeply and connect actions with their consequences. This fables resource has everything you need to teach some of Aesop's most popular fables for understanding in your second or third grade classroom!
Two teacher resource files
are included in this fables resource.
The first is a 27 page PowerPoint
featuring a brief introduction to Aesop and the fables genre
as well as three open ended questions to accompany each fable
. Display them with a document camera and use them for partner discussion or quick write responses with the whole class, or print them out and use them in small group literature circles or guided reading groups.
The second file is filled with literacy centers and writing activities
to accompany the fables. The table of contents is as follows:
Common Core Standards Addressed
- p. 4
Teaching with Aesop’s Fables in My Classroom (Teacher Notes)
- p. 5-6
Fable Character Trait Maps and Story Maps (with optional writing prompts)
- p. 7-51
Graphic Organizers and Differentiated Writing Prompts (Comparing The Lion & The Mouse and The Ant & The Dove)
- p. 52-60
Town Mouse or a Country Mouse Opinion Writing Prompt with Differentiated Graphic Organizers
- p. 61-65
Most Important Moral Opinion Writing Prompt
- p. 66-67
Fable Fix-Its Sentence Editing Center
- p. 68-79
Fabled Parts of Speech Center
- p. 80-88
Comparative Adjectives with Aesop Center
- p. 89-92
The activities in this pack can be completed using any version of six of Aesop’s most popular fables:
• The Ants & The Grasshopper
• The Town Mouse & The Country Mouse
• The Hare & The Tortoise
• The Lion & The Mouse
• The Shepherd Boy & The Wolf
• The Ant & The Dove
Download the preview for a closer look!
In my own classroom, I used the versions retold in Aesop for Children
by Milo Winter, which is available from the Library of Congress free of charge.
Visit http://read.gov/aesop/ to print the fables you wish to use.
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 2:
*RF.2.4a: Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
*RL.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
*RL.2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
*Rl.2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
*W.2.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
*W.2.2 :Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
*L.2.1e: Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
*L.2.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 3:
*RF.3.4a: Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
*RL.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
*RL.3.2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
*RL.3.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
*W.3.1.A: Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
*W.3.1.B: Provide reasons that support the opinion.
*W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
*L.3.1a: Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
*L.3.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
*** This product was updated on 3/26/16.
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