Reading is represented as a vehicle for acquiring new skills in the third grade classroom. Students are expected to read from varied genres, including legends, fables, contemporary fiction and biographies. Similes, metaphors, personification and imagery are introduced to the third grade child who is encouraged to choose books of interest. Aesop's fables hold an intrinsic appeal to third grade students. Although moral short stories are found around the world, most are attributed to Aesop.
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"The Ant and the Grasshopper"
"The Ant and the Grasshopper" teaches the moral of planning ahead for unforeseen events the future may hold. A grasshopper entreats an ant, busily storing food for the winter to stop his labour to play. Puzzled by the ant's dedication to his task, the grasshopper learns the value of preparation as cold weather ensues and he has no food.
"The Tortoise and the Hare"
"The Tortoise and the Hare," one of Aesop's most widely known fables, teaches the relationship of consistency to goal orientation. A boastful hare is amused when a tortoise accepts his challenge to race. The hare naps and plays during the race, certain of victory. The hare's arrogance changes to surprise when he sees the tortoise, who never veered from the course, cross the finish line.
"The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"
"The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" teaches the moral that external appearances can be deceptive. A hungry wolf put on a discarded sheep skin and the flock allowed the wolf to join them. The wolf dined on the sheep, who failed to recognise the bloodthirsty predator.
"The Fox and the Grapes"
"The Fox and the Grapes" teaches the moral that it is simple to deprecate what you do not have. A thirsty fox spies a juicy bunch of grapes hanging from a branch, just out of reach. Despite his best efforts, the fox does not reach the fruit. He asserts that the grapes were probably sour.
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