The Lion and the Mouse | Teaching Aesop’s Fable 2 Ways

Here is a fun, creative and different way to teach Aesop’s fable, The Lion and the Mouse! This Language Arts resource will use both the Caldecott’s winning picture book by Jerry Pinkney and the actual fable itself to help students gain understanding of the central theme and develop and practice important skills which will require attention to detail (both with illustration and text evidence). Students will be asked to give character analysis, describe the setting, develop a story map, explain cause and effect, show textual evidence and give opinions.

Section 1 (to be used with the Caldecott winning picture book) includes:

  • Guided Reading suggested questions
  • ‘Write the story’ worksheet
  • ‘Think about it’ worksheet
  • Character Analysis worksheets

Section 2 (to be used with the fable itself) includes:

  • Student copies of the fable
  • Character Analysis worksheet
  • ‘Central Message’ worksheet
  • ‘Textual Evidence’ worksheet
  • ‘Story Map’ worksheet
  • ‘Cause and Effect’ worksheet
  • ‘Relating to your own life’ worksheet (self narrative)
  • ‘Which version did you enjoy most’ worksheet (opinion)

Each writing worksheet offers 2 copies (one with dashed lines and one with single lines). This will allow you to choose which works best for students.


Saint George and the Dragon | Caldecott Book Guided Reading and Response

Students like stories with heros and Saint George is one in this book!

Storyline: This story begins with a nameless knight riding around the plain who has never been to battle. Despite this, the Queen of Fairies sends him to fight a dragon who has been terrorizing their land. He travels with Una the princess of the land. On his way to the dragon the knight meets an old hermit on top of a hill who explains to him his English heritage and tells him his name is George. George meets the dragon laying down as if it was a hill itself. The dragon sees his sword and prepares for battle. After a hard-fought battle George eventually emerges triumphant and slays the dragon. The king, promising Una to whomever slays the dragon, fulfills his promise and marries George and Una. Although all is well in the land George still fights other battles for the Queen of Fairies and through these battles George becomes Saint George.

Why I’ve created a ‘GUIDED READING’ resource: Guided reading is ‘small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency‘. The small group model allows students to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. Questions in this resource have been designed to help assess students in a variety of ELA skills.

What this product includes:

For the Teacher:

  • Suggested Pre-Reading, About the Cover, After Reading and About the Art work questions are provided. These should be teacher directed.

For the Students:

  • Worksheet for students to answer questions from the story
  • Worksheet to produce questions both while reading and after reading
  • 2 art responses
  • BONUS: Dragon Shape Book to use at your discretion. Suggested uses: to create a book report or summary; to record unfamiliar vocabulary and definitions; to create their own original dragon story; to publish a dragon poem.

Purchase this resource on TPT!

Using Teaching Videos for Reading Instruction

The most important thing to foster when teaching is student engagement. If students are engaged, they are learning. Using videos (the right kind of video) in the classroom is one aspect of using a multimedia approach or strategy which can truly engage students.

So how do you choose the correct types of videos for your classroom. To truly engage students, a video (or accompaning materials) should require something of the students. Students should be asked to actively think and participate.  That is why I’ve created several teaching videos to help teachers engage students during reading instruction – specifically learning (or review of) word families.

How do my word family videos engage students?

  •  First, I’ve created the videos with a cute “Monster Detective” theme! These little colorful monsters are fun and inviting….
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  •  Second, I’ve created the videos to directly engage students in the ‘hunt to solve the mystery of finding the correct words‘…
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    After each ‘mystery’ is presented, the video gives students time to think and select the word before showing the correct answer…
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    (If a teacher believe the student(s) need additional time to solve the mystery than what I have provided, it is easy for the teacher to simply pause the video.)

    At the end of the video, students will continue to be engaged as they review all the words in the video…

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    (As with the earlier segments of the videos, the review section gives students time to think about which word is the correct one! )

  •  Third, to engage students even more, I provide a student workbook that directly corresponds with each video.
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    The student workbook can be used along side the video, after a video is watched, for homework or any way the teacher believes is most appropriate for his/her students!

As of 7/18/19, I’ve created in this Word Family Video series the following:

7 Videos for short a word families

  1.  –ab
  2.  –ad
  3.  –ag
  4.  –am
  5.  –an
  6.  –ap
  7.  –at

 5 Videos for short e word families

  1.  –et
  2.  –en
  3.  –eg
  4.  –ed
  5.  –ell

I will be continually adding new word family videos to my TPT store! You will be able to find them here.