For the last few weeks, students and I have been exploring folktales to help us understand what makes a folktale a folktale. This introduction to folktales includes traditional folktales as well as fairy tales, Mother Goose rhymes, and nursery tales. Folktales happen to be one of my favorite kind of story so I make a point of helping my students remember where in the library collection you would find folktales and fairytales. The “rule” is whenever you hear Mrs. D’Elia say the number 398.2 (yes, we still use Dewey, but that may change soon!), students say the chant:
I love how the kids wait anxiously for any moment in their day when I might show up and just accidentally say 398.2. Plus, putting it into a chant helps them remember where they can find great stories in the library.
What makes a folktale a folktale?
Burlington Information & Digital Literacy Curriculum: Identify basic genres of literature and stories.
Common Core: Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
Second & Third Grade: