Our Fables lesson plan with help students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills as they read and explore fables. Students will be asked to determine what moral each story has and explain details that support their conclusion.

This lesson includes a very detailed, step-by-step lesson plan and outlines what parts of the lesson can be taught on which day. You can find these suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section on the first Classroom Procedure page.

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What our Fables lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Fables teaches students about this unique form of literature. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify three key elements of fables; read fables and determine the moral for each; explain details that support their conclusion of what the moral of each fable is; compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures; determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; and describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the green box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are writing utensils, paper, the handouts, and materials for reading and illustrating. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can select images for the warm up activity, copy the handouts, gather the supplies, and prepare materials for the anchor chart.

Options for Lesson

The suggestions for this lesson provide a guide for which parts of the lesson you can administer on which of the four days scheduled for the lesson. For example, for day one, it suggests introducing fable structure and key elements and create the anchor charts.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that fables are a classic form of literature and that modern children’s fiction uses many elements found in fables. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


The Fables lesson plan does not include any content pages. Rather, it provides a very detailed lesson plan, found on the three Classroom Procedure pages.


The Fables lesson plan includes four worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, a homework assignment, and a quiz. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity worksheet, students will read two short stories and identify which is a fable and why based on its characteristics.


The practice worksheet asks students to first complete a chart of fable characteristics. They will then read a fable and identify the main characters and moral of the story.


For the homework assignment, students will write their own fable and illustrate it with at least three drawings. They will first plan out the story, writing down the main characters, the life lesson or moral, and the key events that their characters will experience to showcase the life lesson.


This lesson includes a quiz that you can use to test students’ understanding of the lesson material. The quiz asks students to read and select answers to three multiple choice questions. They will then read a fable and answer questions about what makes it a fable, what the moral of the fable is, and more.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, the homework assignment, and the quiz. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information




4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

State Educational Standards


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