The Tortoise and the Hare Fable
Lesson Plan Printable Activities for Preschool
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H is for Hare
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Online Story time > The Tortoise and the Hare
Character Education >
Aesop's Fables are an entertaining way to foster the love of reading, increase vocabulary and learn a life lesson that will be useful to our children for the rest of their lives.
I suggest a good place to start is to explain in simple terms what is a fable.
fable - story that teaches a lesson: a short story with a moral, especially one in which the characters are animals
Children love fables because most of them feature animals as the main characters.
Activity > Online story >
Now let's read one of the most famous: The Tortoise and the Hare (print or read from the screen) or a great online story version here.
Here is a list of printable crafts and materials to use for a set of activities that can extend over two or more day periods - links are in the materials column.
Activity > Printable Crafts
1. Hare Paper Bag or Craft Stick Puppet: Can be used as a flannel board character, stick puppet or paper bag puppet to aid in telling the story. The children can make their own.
2. Hare Progressive Puzzles: Skill-Problem solving. This are fun puzzles for different ages and can be used one of the learning activities.
3. Hearts Hare Craft:
Early Math Skills: heart shape recognition, counting, sizing and sorting, small motor skills
Turtle Craft (view illustration)
1. Easy Shapes Tortoise or Turtle Craft: practice shapes, counting, sorting and sizing. This craft can be made as a separate activity to revisit the fable and address more learning skills.
Finger puppets (color or black & white version) The children can also have fun coloring these adorable finger puppets. Adults may need to help with the scissor cutting. Incorporate in the discussion and reading.
Activity > Reading another version of the fable
Fable Poster with Image and Text - in color - print or read from the screen. If you print you may want to exhibit with the fable posters mentioned below.
Fable Posters - in color - to help you present the fable - (3 posters). You can use on flannel board, easel or poster board.
Coloring pages Set 1- Fable Story: Pages 1 - 3 this set is the same images as the fable posters which can be colored and decorated after the fable.
Coloring pages - Set #2:
*Tortoise & Hare at the Finish Line
*Realistic Hare and Tortoise Coloring pages: These can be used for flannel board characters, display and to make easy stick puppets for an easy activity
You may want to incorporate the patchwork technique used in David Lynch's online story images to add some fun to the coloring activity. To do this you can draw some lines over the images and use a variety of color. You can add some cut up tissue paper, paper napkins or even some scrap pieces of fabric and glue on certain areas.
Alphabet Activities >
Tortoise and the Hare Story Card
Fable Story Coloring Pages
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