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Fables (Reader's Theatre, Lessons and Writing Activities) Common Core aligned

Jane Loretz
Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
Formats Included
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200 pages
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Jane Loretz



Reader’s theater, lessons and writing activities that meet the common core! I am super excited about this unit and I know you will be too!

This Fables packet is loaded with great activities to do with your students that meet the common core.

This packet includes 8 different Fables that are written as a reader’s theater scripts or can be used as plays.

Children love to read with partners and their friends and rereading the parts to these scripts is great fluency and expression practice.


The Lion and the Mouse-2 reader parts

The Ant and the Grasshopper-3 parts

The Tortoise and the Hare-6 parts

The Dog and His Bone-2 parts

The Fox and the Crow-3 parts

The Boy Who Cried Wolf-4 parts

The Rat and the Elephant-2 parts

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse-3 parts

Other activities included in this packet include:

Fable poster.

Lesson on character traits where students decide what traits are strengths and which are weaknesses or character flaws. This is a pocket chart activity where you help students sort the traits. (Word cards are included) Then students will take their knowledge of the traits and match them with the characters from the stories that they read. Two posters are also included.

Worksheets that ask key ideas and questions that align to the common core. Such as sequencing, comparing and contrasting, character traits, understanding elements of the story and understanding the moral or lesson.

Lesson in understanding the moral or lesson of the fable

Students match the fable to the correct moral or lesson and then to a real-life example. Use in a pocket chart or make an anchor chart.

Then check comprehension by having students do it independently with the worksheets included.

Students will test their knowledge of fables by writing their own. Students pick two characters and a moral. Planning sheets, final writing paper and the letters “Lessons Learned!” For your bulletin board are all included.

Please download the Preview for a great look at the unit.

Keywords- Aesop Fables/Moral/ Aesop/Character traits/Lessons/Theme/Genre Study/Genre

Have fun and happy teaching! Jane

If you enjoy using reader's theater in your classroom, please check out my Meet the Presidents pack this has 6 different reader theater scripts on different presidents. Meet the Presidents or this tall tales pack that includes 6 different tall tale scripts. They each include two readers that tell the tall tale stories Tall Tales I also have many fairy tale units.

Common Core Fairy Tale Fun

Common Core Fairy Tale Fun 2

Common Core Fairy Tale Fun 3

Fairy Tale Fun

Total Pages
200 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.


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