Native American Animal Stories
Age 8-10: Concept 1 - Interdependence: Unit 3

Read traditional myths, legends, and folktales from a variety of Native American tribes. For the final project, students will write their own myth that explains a natural occurrence.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be taught in conjunction with the science and social studies unit Ecosystems and Ecology.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Myths, Legends, and Folktales
  • Lesson 2: People and Animal Stories (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Natural World (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Survival Stories
  • Lesson 5: Legends from Other Cultures (2 Days)
  • Final Project: My Own Myth (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Choose and adapt spoken language appropriate to the audience, purpose, and occasion, including use of appropriate volume and rate. (Language Arts)
  • Compare experiences of characters across cultures. (Language Arts)
  • Compare language and oral traditions (stories) that reflect customs, regions, and cultures. (Language Arts)
  • Compose sentences with interesting, elaborate subjects. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate understanding by using a variety of complete sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Develop drafts. (Language Arts)
  • Edit writing for standard grammar and usage, including subject-verb agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Generate ideas for writing by using pre-writing techniques such as drawing and making lists. (Language Arts)
  • Identify similarities and differences across texts in topics, characters, and themes. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the conflict and resolution of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the importance of the setting to a story's meaning (Language Arts)
  • Increase knowledge of other cultures by reading stories from around the world. (Language Arts)
  • Locate information from text for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions based on events in the story. (Language Arts)
  • Participate in creative interpretations of stories. (Language Arts)
  • Present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, or plays. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the distinguishing features of familiar genres, including myths and folktales. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the problem or plot of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Record and recognize synonyms and antonyms for words. (Language Arts)
  • Reflect on learning, gain new insights from text, and identify areas for further study. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama using interpretive and evaluative processes. (Language Arts)
  • Retell a spoken message by summarizing or clarifying. (Language Arts)
  • Understand literary forms by distinguishing among stories, poems, myths, legends, and folktales. (Language Arts)
  • Use capitalization with proper nouns and punctuation, such as commas, in a series. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct subject/verb agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why). (Language Arts)
  • Use singular and plural forms of regular nouns and adjust verbs for agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Use written language to report information on a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze similarities and differences among families in different times and in different places. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among communities in different times and in different places. (Social Studies)
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