The Little Red Hen & Economics

One of my favorite units to teach is fables.  My Common Core Unit I use for this is Life Lessons.  I love teaching kids to read and learn from characters’ mistakes!  Plus, let’s face it: fables are just some of the best stories to read…that’s why they’ve been around so long!

I especially love when fables or other stories make it easy to weave in some economics into first grade because that means I can “kill 2 birds with 1 stone.”

Last year, I blogged about how I use The Little Red Hen during Thanksgiving season.  But I love this book…and I just didn’t have time to blog about everything I do with this book…so I’m back again this year blogging about more of the economics I tie in with this fable.  {Read last year’s blog for more of the Thanksgiving stuff!}

We spent all last week reading this book…with a new purpose each day!

Day 1

We read The Little Red Hen with the purpose of deciding if it was a fable or not.  We had already discussed the elements of a fiction story and how even though this story was about animals, it was not a non-fiction animals book like we were used to from our previous animals unit.

{Grab these fiction anchor chart cards along with non-fiction anchor chart cards here.}

Then, we discussed and charted what a fable was and how it was a special genre of fiction…

After we read the story, we used our fables anchor chart to decide if it was a fable or not.

Day 2

The next day, we reread the story with the purpose of deciding what the life lesson or moral of the story was.  Then, we added our moral to our group sign….{each of my table groups are named for a fable from this unit}

These covers and moral cut outs are included in the Life Lessons Unit.

Day 3

On day 3, we reread the story and listened for goods and services the hen used to make her cake.  We charted them, and then they sorted in partners.  Then, we sorted and checked together on the anchor chart.

Day 4

Day 4 was a repeat of day 3 except with resources instead of goods/services.

Here’s some partner work….

Our big idea board is already filling up with anchor charts after only a week into this unit!

Day 5

On the last day of the week, we reread the book and wrote about the characters, setting, beginning, middle and end and the life lesson of this fable.  We did this graphic organizer as a guided writing activity where they copied everything we wrote together…but by the end of the unit, they will be able to do this independently!  It’s so fun to see the transformation!

Yes…this was a drawn out process for this book, but I’ve learned over the years that slower is better sometimes with fables.  My first year with this unit, I tried to cram in as many fables as possible and it just wasn’t as effective as picking a few good ones and doing them well…this process will speed up to about 2 fables each week (or a new fable every 3 days) once we get better at the routine though!

Grab all of the materials for this fable HERE.  Or get the whole Life Lessons Unit with all 8 fables and SAVE!


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