Whew! We finally finished up our folktale/author study. We learned so many things about folktales and did so many comparisons and had a lot of fun along the way. I posted before about our first folktale in this unit and you can find it here. Our first folktale was Three Little Pigs. We then moved on to Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears-all retold by James Marshall.
For each book, students had to prove whether the story was really a folktale or not. They got really good at finding the evidence for this before the entire story was even read!
Here is the document for proving whether a story is a folktale or not. You are welcome to use it if you have a need for it in your classroom.
Another activity that we did was compare and contrast the wolves from The Three Little Pigs and Red Riding Hood. This was the favorite activity that we did for the students. First we compared and contrasted the wolves in a Venn diagram. The Smartboard makes my Venn diagrams look so nice, but unfortunately that picture wouldn’t load for you. After filling out our Venn diagrams, we then wrote in paragraph form about how the wolves were similar and how they were different in the folktales.
Also as we read each folktale, we filled out our comparison chart. This allowed us to see the many similarities and differences between the three stories. I loved when we filled out the connections area and the students were figuring out how one story reminded them in some way of one of the other folktales.
As you can see, we did a lot of work with this unit, but learned a lot and had a lot of fun with it too. The kids decided that we can learn a lot of good advice from a folktale to keep us safe (see the theme part of the chart).
I love doing this unit ( or one like it). Have to ask about the ADORABLE wolves you did for your writine. Where can I get a copy?? SUPER cute!!
Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright says
The wolves are so stinkin' cute! I love how they turned out 🙂 Have a great rest of your night 🙂
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I love the fact that your kids are reading real texts and doing so much thinking too. (I love our Title 1 ladies, but they follow a scripted program. I know for sure the kids are not doing what I see your kids doing.)
Forever in First
I'm loving that wolf! These activities look great!
Peace, Love, and First Grade
Nevadanne, the wolf is something that I just kind of put together with the help of my aide. I found a standing wolf pattern and enlarged it. If you leave me your email, I will scan it and send it to you. The pattern is at school and we are expecting some bad weather tonight, so it may be a day or two before I can get it to you. Thanks for leaving a comment!
jordan wilbourn says
i would love a copy of the wolf also!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Lisa! I think I was about as excited to see how the wolves would turn out as the kids were! 🙂
Tammy, you always leave such kind and thoughtful comments! You know that I would be unable to teach a scripted program! 🙂
Thank you Laura for the kind comment and for stopping by to look! I always appreciate those that do!
I definitely know this about you, as you do about me. Programs and us do not get along. (So glad I found a kindred blogging spirit.)
Mrs. Nunley says
What great ideas! I especially love your wolves!
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Dual Kinder Teacher says
Love you wolves too, so cute! Thanks for visiting, I'm now following you 🙂
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Fit for First Grade says
This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Kristi Williams says
My team and I would love a copy of the wolf if you have it scanned and don't mind sending it…Kristi.Williams@wylieisd.net.
Thanks for the great ideas!!
Thank you Megan, Libby, & Fit For First Grade! Kristi, we are still off for snow days. I would be happy to share with you and your team. We should be back tomorrow, so I will get it to you after we get back to school. 🙂
Mrs. Coe says
OMG! I just saw your comment on my blog! Those crowns are from The Math Learning Center. I have emailed them a billion times to help me get back to the link but their blog is very hard to navigate. When I get the info I will share it. I am sorry I am so late!
I absolutely love your ideas! I just finished up a mini-unit using Goldilocks and the 3 Bears… I would've loved to incorporate some of the things that you used! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
On another note, I wanted to let you know that I tagged you in a post on my blog. Check it out when you get a chance!
Happy Valentine's Day!
No worries, Mrs. Coe!
Chelsea, thank you for stopping by and for the tag! Sorry the post wasn't in time to help with your mini unit!
Kristi, I scanned the wolf and emailed it to you. 🙂
Miss DeCarbo says
ooooo your wolf template is super cute!!! 🙂 Looks like you guys had tons of fun with this one!
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Thanks Miss DeCarbo! We did have a lot of fun. I like your button. 🙂
Lisa Howard says
Outstanding! Looks like a lot of work, but work that paid off!
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Yes, Lisa, it was a lot of work, but the payoff was great!
I found your blog via a Facebook link to Pinterest (Jello Playdoh recipe…) and stumbled upon this wolf post. This summer, wolves was a topic of interest for my daughter and I posted a list of our favorite wolf books:
and then it was Kangaroos:
I love seeing "workshop-y work" for all readers!
Thank you so much Mary!
I would love a copy of the wolf. I LOVE this idea! We have been doing comparing/contrasting with several different stories and this will go right along with with it.
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Shannon Brumbaugh says
what a fantastic idea! i LOVE how this meets common core comparing and contrasting of two different texts too.
Thanks so much Deborah! I am getting a folktale and comparing/contrasting unit ready. It will have the wolf in it.
Thank you Shannon! We had such a great time doing this. 🙂
Mrs. Miller says
The wolf comparison is a perfect activity as part of our compare and contrast unit, which involves folktales. I'd love the template.
Mrs. Miller, I have included a wolf template in my Three Little Pigs Compare and Contrast Folktale Unit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Folktale-Compare-Contrast-Unit-714629 Thank you so much for coming by!
Lindsay Yeakel says
This activity is awesome! If you are still giving out the templates please let me know! 🙂
Lindsay, I have included a wolf template in my Three Little Pigs Compare and Contrast Folktale Unit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Folktale-Compare-Contrast-Unit-714629 Thank you so much for coming by!
Angela Moskunas says
I love this!!!!! can I please get a copy of the wolf template?
thanks in advance!
Angela, I have included a wolf template in my Three Little Pigs Compare and Contrast Folktale Unit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Folktale-Compare-Contrast-Unit-714629 Thank you so much for coming by!