Thematic Units - Tall Tales - Fables - Myths

Tall Tales - Fables - Myths

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The Teacher's Corner Resources Sunrise... Sunset - Bilingual Telemation UnitGrades K-3
This lesson will allow students to explore two different cultures' myths of the creation of the sun, and how the sun is a valued part of our environment and survival.
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30 More Lessons for Teaching About Fables, Fairy Tales, Folktales, Legends, Myths, and Tall Tales Grades All
A great collection of lessons plans for all grade levels.

American Folktales and Tall Tales Grades 3-5
"Students read and discuss American tall tales, including their common characteristics."

Exploring World Cultures Through Folktales Grades 3-5
"Students journey beyond the borders of their everyday environment in this exploration of world cultures."

Folktales Grades Various
"Students read and discuss American tall tales, including their common characteristics."

Introduction to the Study of American Tall Tales Grades 6-8
This is a great unit.

Once Upon a Time Grades All
Lessons for teaching about Fables, Fairy Tales, Folktales, Legends, Myths, and Tall Tales.

Myths, Folktales and Fairy Tales Grades PreK-12
"Students learn about a genre through participation in Scholastic's Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales online activity. By interviewing accomplished genre writers and storytellers, taking part in online writing activities, and using interactive technology tools, students delve into the history, meaning, and cultural importance of each distinct genre."

Playing with American Folk Heroes of the Nineteenth Century Grades Intermediate
"Through the medium of drama, this curriculum unit will explore selected mythic heroes and cultural figures drawn from American folk literature, who typify the changing American experience, late 1700's to 1900."

Tall Tales Scholastic Grades PreK-8
"Spark critical thinking by asking students to respond to tall tales and tell some of their own — as long as they are not related to homework."

Teaching Tall Tales Grades Various
"Teach your kid about the tales that populate this playful subgenre as well as how to weave a yarn of their own with these writing and reading comprehension worksheets."

Thundering Tall Tales: Using Read-Aloud as a Springboard to Writing Grades 3-5
"This lesson is intended to be used at the end of a unit on tall tales. Students should be able to use the knowledge and understanding that they have gained throughout the unit in evaluating the text Thunder Rose and creating their own tall tales."

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Web Sites

Aaron Shepard's Storybook
"Here you'll find world tales told by Aaron Shepard -- folktales, tall tales, legends, classic tales, and sacred tales -- plus original humor and fantasy. Most of the stories have been published in top children's magazines like Cricket and Australia's School Magazine, while some are from Aaron's picture books."

Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By
"Read folk and fairy tales from around the world that tell tales of courage, friendship, kindness, and love." Site includes word games, coloring pages, and fairy tale scripts.

African Folk Tales
Find a great collection of literature and lesson ideas.

American Folklife Center
"The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress was created by Congress in 1976 "to preserve and present American Folklife." The Center incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established at the Library in 1928 as a repository for American Folk Music. The Center and its collections have grown to encompass all aspects of folklore and folklife from this country and around the world."

Encyclopedia Mythica
A great resource for mythology around the world.

Fairytales from Farmhouse Fables
"Read stories with names like The Sad Nettle and The Beautiful Butterfly, Millie The Harvest Mouse, and Matilda Finds a New Home."

Myths, Folktales and Fairy Tales
"Explore myths from around the world, learn about folktales and storytelling, or read about fairy tales! From"

The Paul Bunyan Trail
"Learn about the historic trail that begins in Brainerd, Minnesota. There are maps of the trail, a tic-tac-toe game, and more!"

Paul Bunyan Trail Tall Tale
"Animated tale of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox."

Stories, Folklore, and Fairy Tales Theme Page
"Students and teachers will find curricular resources; in addition, there are links to lesson plans which will help teachers plan instruction on this theme."


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by Julius Lester

Amazing & Incredible Counting Stories! : A Number of Tall Tales
by Max Grover

American Tall Tales (Puffin Books)
by Adrien Stoutenburg

American Tall Tales
by Mary Pope Osborne

Beowulf : A New Telling
by Robert Nye

Big Men, Big Country : A Collection of American Tall Tales
by Paul Robert Walker

Brother Wolf of Gubbio : A Legend Saint Francis
by Colony Elliott Santangelo

The Canterbury Tales (Oxford Illustrated Classics)
by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Checker Playing Hound Dog : Tall Tales from a Southwestern Storyteller
by Joe Hayes

The Children's Treasury of Virtues
by William J. Bennett

Children's Homer : The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
by Padraic Colum

Classic Myths to Read Aloud
by William F. Russell

Creole (Serendipity Books)
by Stephen Cosgrove

Cut from the Same Cloth : American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale
by Robert D. San Souci

The Discovery of Dragons
by Graeme Base

Disney's Family Story Collection : 75 Fables for Living, Loving, & Learning
by Sheryl Kahn

Enjoying Tall Tales
by Nancy Pollette

Feathers and Fools
by Mem Fox

Feliciana Meets D'Loup Garou : A Cajun Tall Tale
by Tynia Thomassie

The Foolish Tortoise
by Richard Buckley

The Forest Has Eyes
by Bev Doolittle

The Flying Horse : The Story of Pegasus (All Aboard Books Reading Level 1)
by Jane B. Mason

by Wil Huygen

The Greedy Python
by Richard Buckley

The Greek Gods
by Bernard Evslin

Gods and Pharaohs from Egyptian Mythology (The World Mythology Series)
by Geraldine Harris

Here Comes McBroom! : 3 More Tall Tales
by Sid Fleischman

Heroes, Gods and Monsters of Greek Myths
by Bernard Evslin (Introduction)

I Can Hear the Sun : A Modern Myth (Picture Puffins)
by Patricia Polacco

I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago : A Tall Tale
by Steven Kellogg

Johnny Appleseed : A Tall Tale
by Steven Kellogg

Johnny Appleseed Goes a Planting (A Troll First-Start Tall Tale)
by Pat Hoggan

The Legend of Mackinac Island
by Kathy-Jo Wargin

The Legend of the Teddy Bear
by Frank Murphy

Little Mouse on the Prairie (Serendipity Books)
by Stephen Cosgrove

Little Red Riding Hood
by Trina Schart Hyman

Master Man : A Tall Tale of Nigeria
by Aaron Shepard

McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm : Three Tall Tales
by Sid Fleischman

Michael Hague's Magical World of Unicorns
by Michael Hague

Mike Fink : A Tall Tale
by Steven Kellogg

Minikin (Serendipity Books)
by Stephen Cosgrove

Mountain Men : True Grit and Tall Tales
by Andrew Glass

The Mountain That Loved a Bird (Aladdin Picture Books)
by Alice McLerran

Mythical Beasts Coloring Book
by Johnson

Newfangled Fairy Tales
by Bruce Lansky

One-Hundred-And-One Read-Aloud Myths and Legends : Ten-Minute Readings from the World's Best-Loved Literature (Read-Aloud)
by Joan C. Verniero

Pecos Bill : A Tall Tale
by Steven Kellogg

Peter and the Wolf
by Vagin Vladimir

The Rainstick : A Fable
by Sandra Chisholm Robinson

The Random House Book of Greek Myths
by Joan D. Vinge

Rapunzel (Caldecott Medal Book)
by Paul O. Zelinsky

The Rough-Face Girl
by Rafe Martin, David Shannon

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett : A Tall Tale
by Steven Kellogg

by Roland Smith

Scary Fairies
by Dugald Steer

Sindbad : From the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights
by Ludmila Zeman

Snake Hair : The Story of Medusa (All Aboard Books Reading Level 2)
by Stephanie Spinner

Tall Timber Tales
by D. J. McCormick

The Song of Robin Hood
by Anne Malcolmson

Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables
by Jon Scieszka

Starry Tales
by Geraldine McCaughrean

Tall Tales from Rogue River : The Yarns of Hathaway Jones (Northwest Reprints)
by Hathaway Jones

Tall Tales : The Case of the Growing Suspicions (Kinetic City Super Crew Series)
by Emily Lloyd

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof : Tooth Traditions from Around the World
by Selby B. Beeler

Timmy Tumbleweed and the Great Ocean Adventure
by Gail Kumpel

Trojan War
by Olivia E. Coolidge

Whoppers : Tall Tales and Other Lies Collected from American Folklore
by Alvin Schwartz

Yeh-Shen : A Cinderella Story from China
by Ai-Ling Louie

Young Merlin
by Robert D. San Souci

Zippity Zoom (Serendipity Books)
by Stephen Cosgrove

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