Folktale Unit


7 lessons for learning about folktales: What is a Fairy Tale or Folk Tale?, The Princess and the Golden Shoes, The Emperor and the Kite, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Johnny Appleseed.

Lesson 1: What is a Fairy Tale or Folk Tale? 

Reading folktales for both educational and entertainment purposes.


  • To learn new vocabulary
  • To learn new Folktales and appreciate them for their entertainment value.
  • To understand the parts of a folktale and why they were so popular in the old days.

Lesson Plan:

  1. Talk about what a fairy tale or folk tale is and why they were written.
  2. Brainstorm about what you think a fairy tale or folktale is. Write them on the board as our definition.
  3. Why do you think people wrote these stories?
  4. Were they first written down or were they told by mouth?
  5. Do you think they might have been told at campfires as the cowboys were going to bed?
  6. Why do you think they were so popular at that time?
  7. Did they have Nintendo?
  8. Do these stories seem to be real stories? Do you think they could they really happen?


Write down in your notebook what you think a good definition for a folktale is.

Next Lessons…

Folktale Unit: The Princess and the Golden Shoes ( 1-2, 3-5 )
Language Arts activities to go with the story The Princess and the Golden Shoes.

Folktale Unit: The Emperor and the Kite ( 1-2, 3-5 )
Students will read and understand the story of The Emperor and the Kite.

Folktale Unit: Paul Bunyan and the Big Blue Ox ( 1-2, 3-5 )
To learn about an old folktale and to learn new vocabulary.

Folktale Unit: Pecos Bill ( 1-2, 3-5 )
Activities going along with Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg.

Folktale Unit: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs ( 1-2, 3-5 )
To help kids create their own versions of stories and learn to write a letter. The format for a letter is very important and also addressing an envelope can also be taught if time permits.

Folktale Unit: Johnny Appleseed ( 1-2, 3-5 )
Students will read another folktale and learn about a legend name Johnny Appleseed.

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