Reflection: Lesson Planning The Wonderful World of Folktales: Introducing the Folktale Genre in Grade 3 - Section 2: Enroll Students Into Learning


I'm so glad you've stopped by to check out this lesson on introducing folktales to Grade 3 students!  In this introductory lesson, I'll introduce my students to the genre of folktales by first sharing a video of a short folktale that I've put together for them!  In my classroom, anytime I incorporate technology, particularly if it's created by their "own teacher", my students just eat it up!  I instantly have them enrolled in their learning and engaged!  After introducing folktales through the video, we'll create a class anchor chart, which is especially helpful for my visual learners (because it gives them a "picture" to remember), that will outline all the components that define a folktale.  At the end of the lesson, students will begin to try to identify components of a folktale through an anticipation guide, which will help set the stage and keep them engaged for the next lesson (entitled "Folktale, folktale...chant, chant, chant!: Incorporating Multi-sensory Methods to Recount Folktales").

Two important teacher moves you'll notice throughout this lesson: 1) the use of student talk by discussing with partners or table groups, and 2) the use of the gradual release of responsibility model.  First, you'll notice I incorporate opportunities for student talk.  The talk is always purposeful, and relates directly to what we're learning, but I find that Grade 3 students need more opportunities to share their thinking and hear others thinking so that their ideas can be further conceptualized.  This talking is also a nice cognitive break for the students, and of course, helps foster our classroom community!  It also is an excellent opportunity for me to quickly and informally assess where my students are currently and where they need to go, so this talk greatly informs my instruction!  Second, you'll notice that I rely heavily on the gradual release of responsibility model.  As I begin new learning with my students, I greatly support them at the beginning, doing most of the "work" myself as they watch and take it in, and then slowly, I transition the workload from myself to the students, until they're independent and able to demonstrate the skill themselves.  In this lesson, you'll see that I do a lot of the "work" myself and guide students quite a bit!

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The Wonderful World of Folktales: Introducing the Folktale Genre in Grade 3

Unit 4: Folktale Unit
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT state the components of a folktale and make predictions about a folktale's components utilizing illustrations from the text.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will be introduced to the genre of folktales and gain an understanding of the basic components of a folktale, as well as how the illustrations in a text can contribute to characters, setting, mood, etc.

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English / Language Arts, folklore (Fictional Lit), grade 3, Folktales, interactive whiteboard
  35 minutes
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