How tall are your Tall Tales?!? #dealoftheweek

This was one of my absolute favorite units when I taught 2nd and 3rd grade. I will be venturing into traditional literature in the next month or so with 5th and 6th and am already thinking about ways to tweak this to challenge my older students. I will definitely post how I teach tall tales, along with myths, fairy tales, and other types of traditional literature within the next few weeks. 

Until then, this sweet little unit will be my featured product of the week. It will be on sale all week long. You can snag it here for only $5.00!  

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TALL TALES! I mean what kid doesn't love studying famous American Tall Tale Heroes.  When I taught this unit in 2nd and 3rd grade, I loved tying in some practice with narrative elements as well. This little tall tale study happened through literature circles and story mapping.  

We begin our lesson each day with a little close reading practice. During the initial reading, the students read to become familiar with the passage. Then, they were assigned a focus/purpose {one of the four elements we are working on} for their reading that they will take back to their literature circles later on. During their second reading, they highlight evidence or clues that will help them describe their element. Then, on the final reading, the students write details to support their story element.

Once the reading was completed, I allowed the students to form groups of four {one from each element} and together, they collaborated to create a story map of the tale. 

Then, we meet as a class to create a final story map where we would add details or important events that we "overlooked" during our group meeting. 

This was such an engaging of tall tales. The kids not only learned about some pretty cool American Tall Tales, but they received practice in some pretty important reading skills along the way. 

If you need a little extra boost to your tall tale study, you can check out my unit on TPT.

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Hope y'all are having a great week! Xoxo

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