Myths and Legends from Around the World - 3rd & 4th Grade Reading Comprehension

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3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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52 pages
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- 15 Folktales and Legends from Diverse Cultures

- 3 Bonus Graphic Organizers as an option to use with any of the reading passages!

This ready-to-use 52-page collection of folktales, myths and legends will motivate reluctant readers and encourage reading fluency and comprehension. The 1-page reading passages are clearly written, printable, and come with questions to test comprehension and close reading skills. Also included are 3 unique reading comprehension organizers specifically for legends, fables and folktales.

Although targeted to a 3rd or 4th grade reading level, the stories are appropriate for learners of any age.

The stories are:

from America

Why Bear Has a Short Tail - Native American Iroquois

Coyote and the Milky Way - Native American Navajo

How Turtle Flew South for the Winter - Native American Sioux

The Lizard and the Sun - Mexico


The Turtle and the Spider - Ghana

The Turtle and the Birds - Ghana

Thakane, the African Dragon-Slaying Princess - South Africa

How the Zebra Got its Stripes - Uganda


The Lion and the Rabbit - India

The Crocodile and the Monkey - India

Two Frogs Go to the Big City - Japan

Why Fish Have Scales - Philippines


The Sunflower - Ancient Greece

St. George and the Dragon - England

The Dragon of Wawel Hill - Poland

Story Elements Organizer

Timeline/Event Sequence Organizer

Summarize Organizer

Total Pages
52 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
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.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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