This week we have started listening and reading American Folktales in order to explain how they characterize our national heritage. We began with one of my favorite tall tales- Paul Bunyan! Our class was able to find many examples of exaggeration in the story as we read and even learned some [not so true] ways that natural landforms were formed — can your child tell you how Paul Bunyan made the Grand Canyon? After hearing the folktale we did a guided drawing activity where students had to listen and watch very closely to draw a larger than life Paul Bunyan. I love how our class really tried to show how BIG Paul Bunyan is by drawing very small background images like trees and mountains. We also had a few kids add Babe the Blue Ox into their drawing … how cute 🙂 Here are just a few examples of some wonderful work!
We have four more folktales to read before break: John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Annie Oakley, and Davy Crockett. Be on the lookout for more activities posted on here relating to these folktales!