Grasshopper and Owl

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					Grasshopper and Owl": Aesop's Fable
Screech, screech, SCREECH.
A grasshopper sang all day long.
"Would you please be quiet?" Owl asked.
Screech, screech, SCREECH.

Noisy grasshopper kept singing.
"What a bother!" said Owl to himself. "Be quiet down there! Please!" he said. "I need my rest!"
But the rude insect just wouldn't stop.
Screech, screech, SCREECH.
Then Owl got a gleam in his eye. "Grasshopper," he said sweetly, "since I can't sleep, let's have some
fun. Why don't you come up here and I will make a snack."
Foolish Grasshopper thought that was a fine idea. Up, up Owl's tree he hopped. As soon as he got close,
Owl grabbed him.
"Delicious!' said Owl to himself. Then he fell asleep at last.

What's the moral of this story?
Try your best to get along with your neighbors.


     1. Introduce key vocabulary: delicious, gleam, insect, noisy, rude. Ask students to complete the.
     2. Point out that drawing a conclusion in a story means figuring out something about a character or
          an event. To reach a conclusion, readers use clues in the words or art, plus what they already
     3. Illustrate the concept using pantomime. Ask a volunteer to pantomime trying to scratch a spot on
          his or her back while saying, "I can't reach it!" Ask students what is happening and why.
     4. Pantomime one or more other situations and ask students to tell what you are doing and how
          they reached that conclusion.
     5. Distribute the Drawing Conclusions Chart and the fable The Grasshopper and the Owl. Read the
          first four lines of the fable together. Ask: What is making that 'screech' noise? How do you
          know? Help students write the answers on their charts. Discuss how they formed their
     6. Have students read the rest of the fable and complete the Drawing Conclusions Chart, answering
          these questions:
                o How does Owl feel about Grasshopper's singing?
                o Why did Owl get a gleam in his eye?
                o What did Owl do just before he went to sleep?
     7. As a class, discuss the answers on the students' charts. Discuss why drawing conclusions is
          important to the reading process.


      Have students reread a story you've studied recently. Students can work independently or in
        small groups to write conclusions using the Drawing Conclusions Chart.
      Ask students to research owls or grasshoppers. Students can use the Internet to find information.
        Encourage them to present their findings to the class.

Students can retell favorite fables. When the moral is not stated, help students draw a conclusion to write
Drawing Conclusions Worksheet
Name ____________________________________ Date ___________

          EVIDENCE                        CONCLUSIONS
       Clues in the Story               What I Already Know   My Conclusion

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