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Grade 5, Unit 4

Trickster Tales

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Content Objectives

Students will:
  • Learn about the concept of trickster tales.
  • Access prior knowledge and build background about examples of trickster tales.
  • Explore and apply the concept of trickster tales.

Language Objectives

Students will:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of trickster tales.
  • Orally use words that describe qualities of trickster characters and trickster tales.
  • Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about trickster characters and tales.
  • Use key concept words [trick, clever, wolf, sheep; oral, recite, mischievous, deceive, cleverness, folktale, symbolism].


  • Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
  • Explain that students are going to learn about:
    • Trickster Tales.
    • Examples of Trickster Tales.
    • Trickster characters in cultures around the world.


  • After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What story are these characters from? (Little Red Riding Hood). What happens in this story? (The wolf tricks Little Red Riding Hood into telling him where she is going. He then tricks her grandmother and ends up eating her. When Little Red Riding Hood comes, he tricks her again and ends up eating her too. Along comes a woodcutter who ends up saving them.)
  • Ask students: What other Trickster tales do you know? (The Three Little Pigs, Rumplestiltskin, etc.)
  • Say: In this activity, we're going to learn about trickster tales and trickster characters, and look at examples of each. Who are your favorite characters? (answers will vary).
  • Guided Practice

  • Guide students through the next three slides, showing them that the pictures are examples of trickster tales and trickster characters. Always have the students discuss whether they recognize the characters.
  • Apply

  • Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
  • After the first game, ask students to talk about which characters were new to them. After the second game, have them discuss what makes folktale characters different from the characters in the game that were not from folktales.
  • Close

  • Ask students: Do you enjoy hearing trickster tales? Why or why not?
  • Summarize for students that there are many trickster tales told in different cultures throughout the world. Encourage them to think about the culture the tale may have come from.