This week our story focus has been on fables. Fables typically are short, have animal characters that speak like people and they teach a moral (or a lesson!). Before introducing our story for the week from our Journeys book, we have spent the last two days listening to other fables and practicing thinking about the lesson they are teaching us.
We began with “The Tortoise and the Hare”. This was a familiar fable to some students so the moral was a bit easier to determine. Here are a few examples of lessons the kids learned:
We followed up with another fable today, The Ant and the Grasshopper. We watched this story online and because it was so short (only about 2 minutes!) we got to re-watch it to make sure we understood the moral. Some of the kids took this moral a little more literally than yesterday, but overall, I think we got the basic idea 🙂
Tomorrow we will read “Jack and the Wolf” and figure out the message that story is teaching us. We will wrap the week up with a summarizing lesson — how do we retell the story without writing the whole thing again?! Wait and see 🙂