The Tortoise & The Hare Fable | Directed Drawing & Reading Comprehension Fun!

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Directed Drawing and Reading Comprehension: Foldable Fables The Tortoise & The Hare. The combination of art, reading, thinking, writing, and illustrating make this activity fun and educational!

This is a great art integration resource that has been tested and approved by kids!

Ready to get students excited about reading, writing, thinking, and drawing?

This set of directed drawing and reading comprehension tasks is designed to be highly engaging while tapping into a variety of critical English Language Arts skills.


  • The “Foldable Fables" are filled with 7 learning activities for students.
  • This resource includes detailed lesson plans to help you with this lesson and save you time.
  • The detailed lesson plans are helpful if you need to leave this lesson for a substitute.

How long will this lesson take?

You can teach them all in a single day, or you can have students complete their work over a couple of days. It will take appoximately 2 hours to do this lesson, of course this will vary based on your students.

This is a great time to remind your students that, “Slow and Steady Wins the Race!” So, if you need to take each section one day at a time—that works great, too!

Recommended for grades 3-5. Of course, students’ abilities range in every grade and classroom. It’s a great idea to preview the texts and then select the version of the passage that is most appropriate for your students.

  • You may want to provide different levels of the reading passage to different students in your classroom. The answers to the multiple-choice questions are the same, so the patterns will follow the same format. Students won’t even know they are completing different leveled work—discreet differentiation!
  • If the passages seem too challenging for the students in your classroom, consider working with students in small groups or previewing the text and questions with the class first before students work through the passage and questions independently.

Levels: Differentiated Passages and Tasks.

There are three versions of each passage for students to read. In addition, the reading tasks are leveled. Please note that each passage has a symbol on the page. The symbol represents the level of the work (discreetly).

  • The circle shape is targeted to students in grades 3-5 that are developing their skills as readers. The passages are shorter and less complex. The number of tasks to complete is reduced.
  • The square shape is written for proficient readers in grades 3-5. The passages are longer with some complex vocabulary and varied sentence structure. Students must complete more challenging tasks.
  • The triangle shape is for your most advanced readers in grades 3-5. The passages are long and include the most complex vocabulary. Students have more tasks to complete after reading.

Here's how it works...

  • Students begin with the highly engaging task of directed drawing. Following simple directed drawing steps, they'll draw an animal character from the fable they will be reading. This drawing serves as the cover of their foldable book.
  • Next, students will read a fable adapted from one of Aesop's traditional stories. (The passages and reading tasks are leveled, so differentiation is easy!)
  • Then, students will answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions based on their reading.
  • Once students have answered their questions, they'll turn their answers into fun patterns that they will add to their animal illustration. This is a super motivating way to connect their reading to their drawing.
  • Students will continue learning as they investigate the fable further. They will complete targeted tasks to build their ELA skills.
  • Next, students will show off their writing skills as they respond to a prompt connected to the fable.
  • Finally, students will draw once again as they illustrate a scene from the fable. Students will follow directed drawing steps to draw another animal character as well.

Benefits of Studying Fables:

  • Students build critical literacy skills as they read and study fables. Fables have a predictable narrative structure that students can recognize and emulate in their own writing.
  • Students are exposed to life lessons. The morals in fables help students build their critical thinking skill and their moral compass.
  • Students can investigate human nature as they explore the themes of the fables. As students discuss these lessons, they build community in the classroom.

Benefits of Directed Drawing:

  • Students develop their creativity.
  • Students build sequencing skills.
  • Students practice following instructions.
  • Students have fun and enjoy their learning experience.
  • Students build their confidence. Children naturally love to draw but are often disappointed when they draw without guidance or instruction and are not happy with the outcome of their drawing. When students are successful with a directed drawing, it builds their confidence to draw more!
  • Students are motivated to do the tasks required to draw from step-by-step instructions.


*Please see the preview file for detailed explanation of what is included in this resource.

  • Teachers guide
  • Lesson plans
  • Printables
  • Assembly Instructions
  • Student pages total of 5 pages, with pages 2, 3, 4 being differentiated by 3 levels (information above).

This lesson is a collaboration between myself, Art with Jenny K., and Brain Waves Instruction. We love working together, and we love making art integration lessons that pair art and English Language Arts. We have so many other collaborations we know you'll love as well. Here are a few of our favorites...

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Total Pages
51 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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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.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).


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