We learned that a fable is a short imaginary tale that teaches a moral or a lesson. In a fable, animals often talk and act like people. While listening to the fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, each student was assigned one of the parts – either the tortoise or the hare. They identified character traits the tortoise and the hare demonstrated in the story and used examples to support their trait choices.

During our “read aloud” time, fourth graders are listening to and enjoying the novel, The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School.  In this fun novel, each chapter ends with a moral from Aesop’s Fables.  Each character in this novel is unique and lends itself to a wonderful discussion on character traits. “Our Awesome Fourth Graders” of Red Oak School are getting very good at identifying character traits and supporting their answers with text!

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