K.10: Traditional tales
Students discuss and respond to, familiar written and visual texts.
- This activity encourages students to develop an understanding of fairness, respect, inclusion and exclusion in social groups. The story is about a duckling who is rejected from a group when young due to appearance, and accepted when older.
- Teachers may use other traditional tales which depict similar situations as an alternative. Class discussions should focus on attitudes and perceptions of the characters, as well as inclusive/ exclusive behaviours within the story.
- The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson or similar text, butcher’s paper and textas or crayons.
- Read The Ugly Ducking or similar text to the class as a stimulus for discussion.
- Make appropriate stops throughout the story to highlight the treatment of the duckling by the other animals.
- Discuss with the class:
- Why did they tease him?
- Was he included or excluded?
- Was it fair?
- How did he feel?
- On butcher’s paper, draw large outlines of both the cygnet and the swan. Ask students to describe:
- how the duckling felt when he was young and rejected
- how he felt when he was older and accepted.
- Write descriptive words inside the appropriate outline.