Institution: Northport-East Northport Public Library
Title of proposed program: Folktales from Around the World
Audience: grades 2-5
STORIES TO SOLVE by George Shannon MORE STORIES TO SOLVE STILL MORE STORIES TO SOLVE CULTUREGRAM
pencil, paper, photocopies world map(optional) Smart Board (optional) country souvenirs (optional)
Brief outline of program or event:
The Stories to Solve series by George Shannon is a fun vehicle to introduce children to different countries. Each short folktale (average six paragraphs) ends with a word puzzle that challenges children to think outside of the box to solve a mystery. Indicate on a map the country of origin of the tale you are going to tell. Displaying hats, flags, or other items from the country adds another dimension, as would a Smart Board demonstration of appropriate websites or databases providing country facts. Share interesting gestures, social customs, eating habits, etc. obtained from CultureGrams. After the story is read aloud, the children, who have been split up into small groups, work together to solve each mystery. Provide each group with pencil, paper and a copy of the story. Some of the stories lend themselves to a visual solution. For those tales, make copies of the “answer” illustration from the book and cut each one into small squares. Give each group a set of squares to assemble to solve the puzzle.