Rationale: Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the contributions of Aesop's Fables to cultural history. This lesson draws upon multiple intelligences in a real world way and allows for the use of multi-media presentations. The project is intrinsically interesting to the students and integrates reading, writing and speaking as important ways to accomplish the lesson goals.Aesop's Fables (Grade 3)
Benchmarks: SS.A.1.2.1, SS.A.1.2.2, SS.A.2.2.5
DI Strategy: Complex Instruction
Differentiate What? Process, Product, and Content
Differentiate How? Process - students are allowed to draw upon their own intellectual strengths. Product - will vary depending on student's interest. Content - allows for variance in material covered by each student.
Resources Needed: Research materials (nonfiction books, Internet access, encyclopedias, etc.) and various materials depending on the particular project
1. Teach a lesson on fables and interpreting their meaning.
2. Provide a list of Aesop's Fables for the class.
3. Explain the project sheet and directions to the whole class (sample attached).
4. Assign or allow students to choose work groups of 3-4 students each.
1. Students will choose a fable to present to the class.
2. Students will discuss and come to agreement on a method of presentation (story board, video, comic strip, play, TV show, etc.). Students can change groupings according to developing interests.
3. Students will fill out project sheet listing their fable, plan to present it, materials needed, meaning of the moral of their fable and some background information on Aesop.
4. After teacher approves plan, students may begin working in their groups on their final project.
Teacher Role: The teacher will circulate and provide assistance as needed to groups. Teacher will also review each preliminary project idea prior to allowing students to complete final project.
Duration: One week of thirty minute periods and a week
Assessment: Rubric (sample attached)
Jason Cooper and Trish Kilcoyne
Hawks Rise Elementary
Editor's Note: You can video tape the presentations and play them on
a morning news show or have students perform/present their final project
to another class.
Aesop's Fables Project Sheet
Name of Fable:_____________________________________________________
Plan to present to class:
Moral of fable in your own words:______________________________________
Background Information on Aesop (must include at least 3-5 facts):
____ Clear and organized plan
____ Based on the fable
____ Gave the moral of the fable
____ Group participation
Information on Aesop:
____ At least three facts about Aesop
____ Beginning, middle and end
A = At least 10 out of 11 criteria met
B = At least 9 out of 11 criteria met
C = At least 8 out of 11 criteria met