Africa storytelling: King Lion's Gifts

Africa storytelling: King Lion's Gifts
Africa storytelling: King Lion's Gifts
Africa storytelling: King Lion's Gifts
Africa storytelling: King Lion's Gifts
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This is a great storytelling activity that ties into an African theme. Included is the lesson plan for this activity and two files that contain the pictures used to tell this story.

King Lion's Gifts is a story about how African animals received their distinctive features. The pictures show each animal before it received it's feature and then after. The before photos were altered in PhotoShop - the rabbit has no ears, the elephant has no tusk or trunk, etc. I worked in graphic design before becoming a teacher, so the PhotoShop work is fairly decent. :) I opted to print the photos at Walgreens, but you could also just print them on cardstock. I numbered the backs of the photos so that the children could put them back in the proper order for the next child.

This was used in a Montessori classroom, so I told the story once to the group, laying out the pictures to help me tell the story. (The lesson plan includes text for telling the story, but you will be able to tell it without the text after doing this once or twice.) Children were then able to tell the story independently, laying out the photos themselves and re-ordering them at the end.

This is a great activity to use when discussing oral storytelling traditions or during a unit on Africa. This story was also features in a book of Nelson Mandela's favorite stories, so you could also work it into a discussion of Nelson Mandela as a peacemaker or during Black History Month, etc.
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