Fables Reading Comprehension and Writing Unit

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10 Aesop and other fables for 4th grade, 5th grade students. Includes comprehension activities, questions, writing activities. Aligned with core standards. Fable-making guide teaches kids how to write fables.

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The ten fables include popular Hindu, Aesop, as well as original fables never before published. Grade 4 and 5 students will engage in comprehension activities such as cause and effect, inferences, compare and contrast, problem solving, drawing conclusions, determining the moral of the story (theme), identifying important facts, using context clues, identifying important details, summarizing. The fables are great for close reading activities. Full answer keys and graphic organizers are included.

The adapted fables are written on a 4th to 5th grade reading level (9 and 10 years old). They can be used with younger or older kids as determined by their skill level. The activities are great for whole group, small group, individuals, centers, and homework applications. Pages in the packet can be printed either in color or grayscale with good results. These activities are effective as a homeschool or summer reading resource.

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The fable short stories in this resource can be used as an assessment tool to test upper elementary students in grade 4 or 5 on their comprehension skill levels. The exercises, problems, and activities on the printable worksheets adhere to core standards in the U.S and elsewhere. Included is a "What is a Fable?" article and a mini biography about Aesop. The fables include: The Peasant and the Horse; The King and the Elephants; The King and the Falcon; The Animals and the Flood; The Duckling and the Rat; The Squirrels in the Forest; The Frogs Desiring a King; The Fox and the Stork; The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey; The Milkmaid and Her Pail. Most fables include animal characters, plants, forces of nature and inanimate objects that are given human attributes and demonstrate a moral lesson at the end. Moral themes include the concepts of trust, wisdom, judging others, hard work, good choices, leadership, ruling, reaping what you sow, pleasing others, and more. Also included are vocabulary words and worksheets. The fable activities can be a great supplement to district and state curriculum requirements and are easily adaptable to existing lesson plans.

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