Aesop's Fables

Materials for primary grades

Why Aesop's Fables?

Studying ancient history gives students a better sense of the chronology and flow of history as well as a broader knowledge of the world. Increasing knowledge of ancient civilizations is a fun and engaging topic for students. Aesop's Fables are taught throughout the education of most students. Adding MultiMedia connections gives students a fun an engaging way to see these stories come to life.

Streaming Materials:

Streaming videos

Search the following titles in the catalog. The following are just a sample of what is a available for primary grades. Find even more by searching "Ancient Greece" in the SNAP catalog.


Greece: My House In Athens

video, Primary - Junior High, 00:07:19, New Dimension Media, 1999

Marianna is ten years old and lives in Athens. Besides playing the organ and the flute, she loves swimming. Traditional foods play an important part in her daily life. She is also fascinated by the ancient mythological tales of her ancestors.


Parthenon, Greece

video, Primary - Senior High, 00:05:01, WWE, 2007

The Parthenon in Athens is one of the best-known landmarks in the world towering over central Athens on Acropolis Hill it is known to be one of, if not the actual, birth place of democracy. Built at the height of Greek civilization in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon remains an enduring reminder of its achievements and an architectural masterpiece that has influenced countless constructions ever since.


Atlantis, Cyprus

video, Primary - Senior High, 00:05:02, WWE, 2007

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is one of the cradles of modern civilization, and stories from its ancient culture have been passed down to us. Some stories are the stuff dreams are made of myths and are proof that not all landmarks in this series need to be monumental or natural wonders.


Aesop's Fables

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:12:45, Colman Communications, 1996

Four timeless favorites from the Greek master of fables are included in this program brimming with colorful animation, lively music, and poetry. After each fable, the viewer is given the moral of the story. Fables include: The Grasshopper and the Ants, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Horse's Mistake.


The Boy Who Cried Wolf

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:03:13, Colman Communications, 1996

This is the fable is a bored shepherd boy who entertained himself by calling out "Wolf!". Nearby villagers who came to his rescue found that the alarms were false and that they had wasted their time. When the boy was actually confronted by a wolf, the villagers did not believe his cries for help and the wolf ate the flock.


The Tortoise and the Hare

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:02:17, Colman Communications, 1996

The story concerns a hare who one day ridiculed a slow-moving tortoise. In response, the tortoise challenged his swift mocker to a race. The hare soon left the tortoise far behind and, confident of winning, he decided to take a nap midway through the course. When he awoke, however, he found that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, had already won the race.


Draw Me A Story: The Great Race

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary, 00:07:37, Film Ideas, 2008

See how watercolors add brilliant color to this story based on the classic fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Pepa the turtle, annoyed by the mocking tone of the ill-mannered hare, challenges her to a race.

DVDs

Little Fables: The Caterpillar & the Cocoon (022505)

digital video disc, P, 6 min., FILM IDEAS, INC., 2011

Plot twist in the forest! Drama in the barnyard! Presented with beautiful shadow theater, Little Fables turns children on to Aesop, La Fontaine and the other classics. In each animated episode, animals face a problem that young children readily relate to such as, "What if I am the smallest kid on the block?" Together, the animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children.


Little Fables: The Mouse & the Dog (022502)

digital video disc, P, 6 min., FILM IDEAS, INC., 2011

Plot twist in the forest! Drama in the barnyard! Presented with beautiful shadow theater, Little Fables turns children on to Aesop, La Fontaine and the other classics. In each animated episode, animals face a problem that young children readily relate to such as, "What if I am the smallest kid on the block?" Together, the animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children.


Little Fables: The Owl & His Voice (022499)

digital video disc, P, 6 min., FILM IDEAS, INC., 2011

Plot twist in the forest! Drama in the barnyard! Presented with beautiful shadow theater, Little Fables turns children on to Aesop, La Fontaine and the other classics. In each animated episode, animals face a problem that young children readily relate to such as, "What if I am the smallest kid on the block?" Together, the animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children.


Little Fables: The Sparrow & the Feathers (022504)

digital video disc, P, 6 min., FILM IDEAS, INC., 2011

Plot twist in the forest! Drama in the barnyard! Presented with beautiful shadow theater, Little Fables turns children on to Aesop, La Fontaine and the other classics. In each animated episode, animals face a problem that young children readily relate to such as, "What if I am the smallest kid on the block?" Together, the animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children.


Little Fables: The Tortoise & the Hare (022501)

digital video disc, P, 6 min., FILM IDEAS, INC., 2011

Plot twist in the forest! Drama in the barnyard! Presented with beautiful shadow theater, Little Fables turns children on to Aesop, La Fontaine and the other classics. In each animated episode, animals face a problem that young children readily relate to such as, "What if I am the smallest kid on the block?" Together, the animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children.


Little Fables: Two Goats and a Bridge (022500)

digital video disc, P, 6 min., FILM IDEAS, INC., 2011

Plot twist in the forest! Drama in the barnyard! Presented with beautiful shadow theater, Little Fables turns children on to Aesop, La Fontaine and the other classics. In each animated episode, animals face a problem that young children readily relate to such as, "What if I am the smallest kid on the block?" Together, the animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children.


Little Fables: The Mouse, the Hare & the Raven (022503)

digital video disc, P, 6 min., FILM IDEAS, INC., 2011

Plot twist in the forest! Drama in the barnyard! Presented with beautiful shadow theater, Little Fables turns children on to Aesop, La Fontaine and the other classics. In each animated episode, animals face a problem that young children readily relate to such as, "What if I am the smallest kid on the block?" Together, the animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children.


The Wonderful World of Aesop's Fables (021929)

digital video disc, P, 10 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 1989

This 2-disc collection presents animated tales based on the works of the famous ancient Greek storyteller Aesop. Each episode features two stories. Titles include:THE LION AND HIS CUB/THE BOY AND THE EAGLE: VOL. 1; THE TWO WOODCUTTERS/THE GREEDY DOG: VOL. 2; THE FARMER AND HIS SONS/THE WHITE CROW: VOL. 3; THE MILLER AND THE ASS/THE HORSE AND THE DONKEY: VOL. 4; THE WOMAN AND THE HEN/THE THREE SONS: VOL. 5; THE BAT AND THE CANARY/THE LION AND THE FOX: VOL. 6; THE EAGLE AND THE CROW/THE MOUSE AND THE FROG: VOL. 7; THE ANTS AND THE PIGEON/THE DONKEY, ROOSTER AND LION: VOL. 8; THE SINGING DONKEY/THE LION AND THE FARMER'S DAUGHER: VOL. 9


Greek Mythology for Students: The Trojan War (021415)

digital video disc, IJ, 23 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 2004

In The Trojan War, students will be fascinated by a vivid retelling of scenes from Homer's legendary epic poem, The Iliad, which reveals the story of a war between the Greeks and Trojans in which the gods of Mount Olympus took sides. Viewers learn of a squabble among goddesses, which was judged by a shepherd named Paris that resulted in the famed Trojan War. Learn of the beauty of Helen, the fatal weakness of brave Achilles and the mystery of the fabled Trojan Horse.

Module Kits

NYS MODULE: Kindergarten- Domain 1: Nursery Rhymes and Fables(450012)

module kit, P, American Reading Company,

Each Read Aloud Support Set contains 10 titles from the recommended text lists. Lexiles range from AD530L-AD790L (AD stands for adult directed) Titles in this set include the following:
Aesop's Fables by Jerry Pinkney
The Ant and the Grasshopper by Rebecca Emberley
Arroz Con Leche by Lulu Delacre
Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes...by Jose-Luis Orozco
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho and Holly Meade
The Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone
The Lion and the Mouse by Bernadette Watts
Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton
The Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens
Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett


NYS MODULE: 1st Grade- Domain 1: Fables and Stories (450024)

module kit, P, American Reading Company,

Each Read Aloud Support Set contains 10 titles from the recommended text lists. Lexiles range from AD290L-AD760L (AD stands for adult directed) Titles in this set include the following:
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel
Anansi the Spider A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott
A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern
Wolf! Wolf! by John Rocco

Zomo the Rabbit by Gerald McDermott
Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett
The Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens
Aesop's Fables by Jerry Pinkney

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