I remember when I was a little girl, my grandma telling me stories at bedtime- The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. All the good ones! Such special memories.
So of course, I love passing these folktales on to my students. We make anchor charts and learn what makes a story a folktale. And it is all about providing evidence to prove what we think.
Another chart that is useful when studying folktales is a Theme chart. Themes can be a little tough at first for students, especially some struggling readers, to grasp. But with practice, they can get it!
I like to spend some quality time discussing characters in folktales…their character traits, the motivation behind why they behave the way they do, and if the character changes by the end of the story.
My youngest son loved this story when he was little and it makes a great comparison read to the Three Little Pigs by James Marshall.
I read the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig to the students since it was above their reading level. Then they read The Three Little Pigs. They were then ready to begin discussing character traits and changes that occur in those characters. That is so important that the students can do that for common core.
We do a lot of comparisons between characters like comparing the 3 pigs to the 3 wolves or the wolf to the big bad pig. The students, after filling in comparison pages, made these pigs to display their writings.
They like to do comparisons with the wolves too. And here is where you can bring in some of the other folktales like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Red Riding Hood- again James Marshall has retold these too.
We had so much fun learning about folktales and some pretty deep discussions as we did some close reading activities with the books! Check it out if you need a folktale comparison unit for your students.
AMC Looking From Third to Fourth says
I love teaching with folktales! I love your wolf craftivity – it looks adorable. The whole unit looks great.
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Thank you! It was a lot of fun!
I read those same books to my kids. I love how you get them really thinking and analyzing. You're so very good at that.
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Bridget S says
What a great unit!!! I love your anchor charts! I'm obsessed with anchor charts! How do you store them when you are done?
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Sara B says
My students also enjoy The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell. I have my darlings do a prediction activity with The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. When we get to the part were he blows up the third house, we stop and predict what kind of house the little wolves are going to try next.
I love this! This is perfect for Reading Literature CCSS 1-10 in third grade! You should link up with my Common Core linky! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! I know I am going to use them next year!
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Thank you AMC Looking From Third to Fourth! I really like to teach folktales too. The kids have fun with that wolf activity!
Tammy, isn't it neat that those same folktales are still popular with the kids even after all these years? We had a lot of fun thinking through and analyzing them.
Thanks Bridget! I like anchor charts too, but I have a confession. I don't always keep and store them. I am not good at keeping a lot of stuff because I don't like clutter. A lot of times I hang them on the wall and then toss at the end of the year and remake next year. Sometimes I laminate them and keep them in a chart box. 🙂
Sara, that is a fun predicting activity with The 3 Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. That book was so popular with my kids!
Thank you Amy! I will link up with you. 🙂
Thanks for linking up! You're ideas are awesome!
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Thanks so much, Amy! I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for inviting me to link up. 🙂