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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Alicia Floyd
Santa Rosa District Schools


“Slow and Steady Wins” the Race enables students to learn the characteristics of fables.


The student knows basic characteristics of a variety of forms (for example, fables, stories, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, fairy tales, folktales, legends).


-Selection of fables by Aesop (See weblink for two sites that contain Aesop’s Fables)
- Chart with characteristics of fables listed (download master from Associated File, page 1)
-One worksheet per small group. (download master from Associated File, page 2)
-One worksheet per student.


1. Prepare a chart from the Associated File that lists the three characteristics of a fable. (May use the master to make a transparency.)
2. Make copies of page 2 of the Associated File – one for each student and one for each small group.
3. Gather a collection of fables by Aesop from the school library or use the URL in the weblink section to download.


1. From a teacher prepared chart, introduce students to the characteristics of a fable.

2. Read aloud at least one fable written by Aesop and discuss the characteristics.

3. Explain to the class that they will be divided into small groups to read a fable and look for the characters, the problem being faced, and the moral.

4. Divide the class into small groups and assign a “reader”, a “writer”, and a “reporter” for each group. Give each group a fable to read and discuss, and a copy of the worksheet to complete.

5. After each group has completed the assignment, have the “reporter” read the title, characters, problem, and moral of the fable.

6. When all groups have shared their reports, read aloud one final fable and have each student complete a worksheet that lists the characters, problem, and moral of the fable.


Elict discussion from each child during the class presentations of fables. Clarify any wrong misconceptions. After reading aloud a fable, students should be able to identify all three characteristics of a fable to show mastery of the standard. Have students list the three characteristic on a sheet of paper. As cooperative leaners, they should work together effectively to complete the group worksheet correctly to receive a satisfactory score, and an unsatisfactory score if they are unable to work in a group.

E - can identify all 3 characteristics
S - can identify 2 characteristics
N - can identify 1 characteristic
U - cannot identify any characteristics
Students who do not receive an E or an S should receive feedback and questioning from the teacher or a peer who does understand the concept.


As an extension to this lesson, divide students back into their small groups, and using the same fable allow them to create a mask to represent the animals in the fable. They can then act the fable out.

Web Links

Web supplement for Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Aesop’s Fables

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