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A Lesson on The Boy Who Cried Wolf! Grade: Grade 3
Subject: English Language Arts
Created by: Vanessa Ferrer
Lesson Length: 45 minutes
Keywords/Tags: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Lesson Description: Students will read a small passage and then demonstrate their literacy and comprehension skills.
Common Core Standards Covered with This Lesson
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Lesson Content: Reading
Instructions: Please read the following reading passage as many times as needed (aloud and silent) before starting to go through other lesson pages. Understanding the content of this passage is very important since the lesson activities will be all about this content. Feel free to print the passage if needed.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf!

There was once a boy who lived in a village up in the mountains. His family owned many sheep. The boy had a job, and that job was to watch the sheep. If a wolf came near, he needed to call for help. His sheep stayed on a hill near the village where he watched them every day. 

One day, he thought of a trick he could play on the people who lived in the village. He was bored, so he thought this would be a way to have fun. He ran toward the village crying out loudly for help. 

He shouted, "Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The wolves are at my lambs! The wolves are trying to eat them!" 

There were many villagers in the town. They heard him crying and thought that they had to help. So, the kind villagers left their work and ran to the field to help him. They would try to help him chase away the wolves and protect his lambs. However, when the villagers got there, the boy laughed at them. There was no wolf there. He just wanted to watch them come running! He thought it was funny. 

Then another day the boy tried the same trick. Once again, the villagers came running to help him out, and once again the boy laughed at them. 

Then, one day, a wolf really did come and it started chasing the lambs. In great fright, the boy ran for help. "Wolf! Wolf!" he screamed. "There is a wolf! Help! Please! Help! Please!” 

All the villagers heard him, but this time they did not come. They thought he was pulling another mean trick. They had learned their lesson and did not need to be laughed at again. So, no one paid attention to him and the shepherd-boy lost all his sheep –they all ran away. 

When people in the village found out what had happened, they were sorry, but they told the boy it was his fault. That is the kind of thing that happens to people who lie. Even when they tell the truth, no one believes them. People are just so used to their lies.

Task 1: Quiz Activity (34 points)
Instructions: The quiz below will have 3 question. Read and respond to each question.

Quiz Questions

(Points: 9)
The boy was watching the giraffees. 
A) Yes
B) No

(Points: 20)
The boy was trying to keep the wolf away.
A) Yes
B) No

(Points: 5)
The villagers helped the boy in the end.
A) Yes
B) No

Standards Covered with This Quiz Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1,
Lesson Content: Video
Instructions: Please watch the following video as many times as needed to better understand the story.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
This video explains the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Task 2: Vocabulary Activity (36 points)
Instructions: Please complete the following vocabulary activity by choosing the correct meaning of each word selected from the passage and use of each word correctly in a sentence.

Vocabulary Questions

Word/Phrase: Village | Tier: 2 | Points: 12
Q1 "There was once a boy who lived in a village up in the mountains." What does the word "village" mean in this sentence?
A. small town *
B. accident
C. cabinet
D. data

Which of the sentences below uses the word "village" correctly?
A. The child was shopping at the mall and bought a village.
B. Please put on this village because I can't hear you.
C. There are many houses in this village. *
D. A few more days and the village would be solved.

Word/Phrase: Protect | Tier: 2 | Points: 12
Q2 "They would try to help him chase away the wolves and protect his lambs." What does the word protect mean in this sentence?
A. time
B. save *
C. person
D. year

Which sentence below uses the word "protect" correctly?
A. He took a look at what was under the table and protected out of there.
B. She likes protect.
C. You protect to the school.
D. I will protect you. *

Word/Phrase: Fright | Tier: 2 | Points: 12
Q3 "In great fright, the boy ran for help." What does the word "fright" mean in this sentence?
A. panic *
B. strange
C. overdo
D. respect

Which sentence below uses the word "fright" correctly?
A. He lived his life by the fright.
B. All they could see was the fright water around the boat.
C. Everyone was fright, so I went to the store alone.
D. The snake gave everyone a fright. *

Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4,
Task 3: Writing Activity (30 points)
Instructions: You are to write and post a paragraph on the mistakes the boy did .... Make sure to provide specific examples.
Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2,

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