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Central Message Puzzle Cards

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
Formats Included
  • PDF
54 pages
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Use this literature resource to teach and practice identifying the central message or moral with well-known folktales and fables such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Ant and the Grasshopper. Students will match the central message of the story with the evidence to support the lesson to complete the puzzle card.

Each card is a three-piece puzzle showing
★ an illustration and title of the story
★ the central message of the story
★ the evidence for the central message

Use as a whole class or small group activity or even a center. Included are suggestions for use.

10 well-known folktales and 10 fables are used
♦ Little Red Riding Hood
♦ Cinderella
♦ Beauty and the Beast
♦ Goldilocks and the Three Bears
♦ Three Billy Goats Gruff
♦ Hansel and Gretel
♦ Jack and the Beanstalk
♦ The Three Little Pigs
♦ Rumpelstiltskin
♦ The Fisherman and His Wife

♦ The Ants and the Grasshopper
♦ The Crow and the Pitcher
♦ The Tortoise and the Hare
♦ The Boy Who Cried Wolf
♦ The Lion and the Mouse
♦ The Milkmaid
♦ The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
♦ The Fox and the Crow
♦ Belling the Cat
♦ The Fox and the Goat

****Please note: the actual folktales and fables ARE NOT included.****These are well-known stories which can be found in libraries, school libraries, and the internet. You can find most of these stories online for free at:www.gutenberg.org

There are also graphic organizers for students to identify the central message and provide evidence for any folktale or fable. There's also a generic version to be used with any story. Use the blank puzzle pieces with headings to add more stories and lessons or morals.

The puzzle cards are vibrant and colorful with a glittery design, but also included are BLACK AND WHITE versions of the 20 cards. In either case, just print, laminate and cut. Use with the whole class, small group or in a center.

Interested in more resources for English Language Arts for:

★ character analysis
★ central message
★ point of view and perspectives
★ literature companion packs
★ literary centers
★ shades of meaning
★ commas and addresses
★ vocabulary assessments
★ narrative writing
★ ELA games



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Total Pages
54 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


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