Recently I ordered Aesop's 1st Book of Childhood Adventures to help me cover the common core standards for fables. Vincent Mastro, the author, contacted me to review the Teacher's Guide that correlates to his series of books.
The 1st Book covers 3 Aesop's Fables: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Friends and the Bear and The Crow and the Pitcher. The unique aspect to this series is that Aesop is a curious raccoon character in the story that gets to experience and learn from the fables. Adding the teacher's guide along with this book is a valuable resource. The spiral bound guide includes copies of the 3 stories (great for displaying flatly under my document camera for class discussion) and detailed grade level standard correlation charts to help guide your lessons in areas of reading, writing and math. I teach 3rd grade, but found the layout of the teacher's guide helpful because the 2nd grade standards and lesson targets were listed side by side to 3rd grade.
Here's an example standard for RL 3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a test, distinguishing literal from non literal language.
The guide identifies non literal examples within the text
"The hare took off like a dart"
When I get back into the classroom I could see using this within a lesson by discussing similes and having students illustrate this phrase.
Another piece of the teacher's guide focuses on RL 3.2 Determine main idea and supporting details of text
Since perseverance is the overall theme of The Tortoise and the Hare, the guide identifies text evidence of perseverance. Again, I can see having my students delve into the text and record examples, character quotes and actions that show evidence of perseverance.
I'm certainly looking forward to using this resource in my classroom for some fable fun.