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Solve the riddle in this cause-and-effect folktale. Then write a riddle story of your own.
folktales, cause and effect, riddle story, Philippines, Congo, India
The Web site Stories to Grow By presents dozens of retold tales from all over the world. In one such tale from the Philippines, a farm maiden proves herself clever and virtuous enough to become a kings wife. The story is told in the riddle story format, a format that allows the reader to think critically and explain how the seemingly implausible events of the story were able to take place. Read aloud the story, The Pumpkin in the Jar and let students write their explanations of how the maiden was able to grow a pumpkin in a jar.
You might find a use for these other versions of this story from Stories to Grow By:
The Pumpkin in the Jar (storybook version/pdf)
The Pumpkin in the Jar (Readers Theater version/pdf)
Extend the Lesson
Cause and effect. Extend this riddle-story lesson with this work sheet from Education World:
The Pumpkin in the Jar" A Lesson in Cause and Effect
Challenge students to explain the causes/reasons behind six events in the story.
Solve more riddle stories. Share additional riddle stories from the Stories to Grow By" Web site. Have students write their explanations for the riddles in these stories:
All for a Paisa"
This folktale from India shares how a seemingly lazy boy is able to prove his worth -- and the worth of a paisa coin -- to his disbelieving father.
All for a Paisa (storybook version/pdf)
All for a Paisa (Readers Theater version/pdf)
Outwitting the Imp"
This folktale from Congo (Africa) explains how a very young boy is able to outwit a mean forest creature intent on taking his mother.
Outwitting the Imp (storybook version/pdf)
Outwitting the Imp (Readers Theater version/pdf)
Stories from around the world. Read more folktales from around the world from the Web site Stories to Grow By. Track the story origins on a world map.
The ultimate challenge. Challenge students to write their own riddle stories.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Geography
GRADES K - 12
NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
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