Folk Tales from Many Lands


Every week our class decides on objectives, or goals, for the week. This week our objectives for reading were:

3.RL.2 I can read and retell stories, including fables, folk tales, and myths, from many cultures. I can also figure out the lesson or moral of these stories.

To meet our objective, we read a lot of different folk tales. Here is a list of some of the stories we read.

  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (from West Africa)
  • Anansi and the Talking Melon (also from West Africa)
  • The Old Woman and the Pig (from Great Britain)
  • Arrow to the Sun (from the Pueblo Native Americans)
  • The Badger and the Magic Fan (from Japan)
  • The Stonecutter (also from Japan)
  • The Rabbit’s Tail (from Korea)
  • The Six Blind Men and the Elephant (from India)

We noticed that each of these stories had a lesson or moral. We decided that because parents and grandparents used to tell these stories to children, they wanted them to learn something from the stories.

Each of our groups worked together to write a summary of one of the stories, and then each group chose one person to read the summary to the class. Here is a video of our summaries. Can you tell we used our green screen to make it?

Folk Tales from S Hamman on Vimeo.

Next week we are reading the folk tale Lon Po Po, from China. It is similar to a familiar tale that American parents and grandparents tell to children. Do you know which one?




  1. I have so many stories to read over vacation! Thank you for reminding me of some of my favorites and introducing me to a couple of new ones.

    You guys truly amaze me!

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