Folktales Around the World (Fairytales, Fables & More) ELA & Social Studies Unit


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Are you looking for a more engaging way to teach folktales – fairytales, tall tales, fables, legends, myths, and more? Do you want to help your students study folktales through a lens of culture and geography?

Does your district have a social studies curriculum from the late 90s? Or none at all?

Do you have to integrate social studies units into your ELA block and never have the time to ensure that this happens in a way that does justice to both subjects?

Let ETTC make planning for social studies a breeze with comprehensive, done-for-you units. 

In Unit 7 in the series, the March Unit – Folktales: Traditional Literature, you will find that we have included everything you need to teach engaging social studies lessons.

You’ll get an accurate portrayal of history while still being age-appropriate for students in grades K-3.

You’ll get an up-to-date look at social studies topics. Regardless of your teaching situation, you’ll get enough materials and content to use.

And you know you’ll get it all for an incredible price.

We went big with this one, because go big or go home, right? Especially with social studies. It’s SO important.

This unit can be used with any grade level K-3, in any schedule situation, including…

  • Social studies integrated into ELA
  • 15-20 minutes a few times a week
  • 30 minutes alternating weeks with science
  • 45+ minutes of dedicated social studies time daily
  • And more!

We’ve included digital resources, printables with options for independent student work, teaching slides, project-based learning, and so much more.

You can pull elements of this unit into your

  • Morning meeting
  • Morning work
  • Centers
  • Small group
  • Reading, writing, and/or social studies block!

Let us help you to create more knowledgeable, civic-minded, engaged citizens in your classroom that will be prepared to go out into the world and make it a better place!


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What’s Inside:

  • Teaching Slides – 11 Main Lessons
  • Essential Questions & Essential Understandings
  • Vocabulary
  • Student Activity Book Work Pages
  • Additional ELA-Aligned Activities
  • Read-Aloud and Video Recommendations
  • Lessons and Choice Board of Additional Activities that Include:
    • Anchor Chart Pieces
    • Craftivities
    • Conversation Starters 
    • Citizen Engagement Activities
    • Diverse Biography Mini Books – Paper and Digital (Google Slides™) Versions
    • Timelines
    • Group Activities
    • Kids Make a Difference Lessons in Each Unit
    • Graphic Organizers
    • Home Connection Projects
    • Family Letters for Each Unit
    • Checks for Understanding – Blooket, Paper/Pencil, and Exit Ticket Options
    • Nonfiction Text Features
  • Clickable Monthly Calendar of Special Days with Additional Daily Slides
  • Spiraling Social Studies Standard Strands Throughout the Year


January Lessons Cover:

  • Introduction to Folktales
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fables
  • Tall Tales
  • Myths
  • Legends
  • Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Comparing Folktales: The Princess and the Pea
  • Comparing Folktales: Indigenous Legends
  • Comparing Folktales: The Ants and the Grasshopper
  • Kids Make a Difference: Children in Folktales


Teachers like you said…


“This is a fabulous resource! I showed it to my team as an alternative to our dated and age-inappropriate curriculum and they agreed, it covers all of our standards and gives me so many options for how to teach it. The work that went into this is evident and incredible. I can’t recommend it enough!”


“I love these units! They are very comprehensive and easy to use and understand. The slides are colorful and engaging!”


“This is a great resource for teaching the unit! The students enjoyed the slides and were very engaged throughout the lessons! It saved me a ton of time!”


Important Information:

✔︎ Please preview all unit contents prior to teaching to ensure that the content aligns with your district’s expectations.

✔︎ ETTC will be putting out monthly units for the 2022-23 school year. Buy them early to save! Topics include: 

✔︎ Teaching slides are available in Google Slides™ and PDF versions. Embedded links will take you to additional resources. Digital Biographies and the Clickable Calendar are also available in Google Slides™ format.

✔︎ Some components of these units are editable. Please ensure that you download the document and open with Adobe Acrobat Reader for full compatibility. Not doing so will result in inaccurate fonts and potential additional issues. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free download available at:

✔︎ Blooket™ is used as an assessment option. If you do not have a Blooket™ account, you can start one for free as a teacher.


Like this resource? 

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