A few weeks ago a friend brought a book over to my house. Now, I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable on children’s authors and books, but I had never heard of this one. Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have created some of my favorite books to use in the classroom like (affiliate links) Baloney, The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, and the Time Warp Trio Series. I thought that I had read all of their books, but I was wrong. This new book, Squids Will Be Squids, quickly took over as my new favorite!
About Squids Will Be Squids
This book is a wonderful collection of thoroughly modern fables with new animal characters and great morals such as, “Squids will be squids,” and “If you are an ant and are going to dump your best friend for a new one, you should know that Echidna is another name for Spiny Anteater.”
As I read this book I knew I had to find a way to use it in classrooms, and it obviously needed to be with fables. Voila! A mini-unit is born!
The FREE Mini-Unit you can find below is a great way to bring a little fun to teaching fables. Included in this pack are mini posters about fables and personification, a graphic organizer for use with the fables in Squids Will Be Squids, and a writing project with a rubric for students to write their own modern fables.
This mini-unit will be a blast to complete after testing is done or any time of year. Use it to get the creative writing juices flowing, and have some major laughs in the classroom. We all know kids find lessons in the funniest of stories.
I would love to hear from you in the comments about the funny morals that your students share with you!
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