Bunyan, The Giant Lumberjack Online Story
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
|Come and enjoy two versions of Paul Bunyan's tall tale:
Version 1: Paul Bunyan, The Giant Lumberjack at paulbunyantrail.com This tall tale is adaptable for children ages 4+ and older.
Version 2: The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan at animatedtales.com for children ages 6+ [Flash Player]
Activity > Read and discuss the story
Explain to the children they will hear a story of Paul Bunyan, a very famous folkloric American character. This type of story is called a tall tale. A tall tale is a unusual story that has been retold over the years and exaggerated.
Make a selection of the pages you feel will be of interest to the children. The entire text might be too long.
a. Review with children which parts of the story are exaggerated and make a list. Ask the children why these statements are exaggerated.
b. Community helpers and careers: Discuss what is the job of a lumberjack (logger or woodcutter).
Activity > Make your own Tall Tale
Discuss what is a tall tale. Sit the children in small groups and ask them if they can come up with a tall tale about Paul Bunyan.
Give each group a question that they can develop:
a. Paul Bunyan's shirt buttons were made out of (these were really huge buttons).
b. Paul Bunyan drank out of a ..... it had to be something very big
Come up with other possibilities and have the children use the phrase such as:
"According to the way I heard it ..... "
Get together to discuss the "tall tales" developed.
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