This is a great folktale to use for cross curriculum. The illustrations are beautiful and truly capture the Western African culture. I have my students locate Africa on a world map. Then I explain to my students that Africa has deserts, mountains, grasslands, and tropical rain forests. It’s really important to build background knowledge before reading the folktale.
I read the folktale "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears" aloud to my students. In this lesson, students will draw on their prior knowledge and use the information from the text to make inferences. Explain that they will make inferences about this book, based on what they already know along with clues from behavior.
This was one of my favorite folktale when I was younger, and that is why I wanted to create a fun, bold handout to go along with my lesson on folktales.
How I used handout 1: "Elements of a Folktale"
The teacher should model how to use the graphic organizer. The students will complete a graphic organizer on the story. I used this in a second grade setting, so I MODELED MODELED MODELED.
Make sure to discuss with your class the moral of this folktale. I like this folktale because there are lots of animals blaming others for causing the owlet to die. I recommend this folktale to others because it will teach students not to jump to conclusions.
How I used handout 2: "Illustrating the Main Event"
This is a simple handout to assess your students on moral and important story events within in the folktale. The handout instructs the students to illustrate the most Important event that happened in the story and to write down the story's moral. I LOVE to see what event my students thought was the most important and how they illustrate the story.
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