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Folktales and Food: Enjoy These Yummy Stories, Then Write Your Own

from Author Valerie Marsh

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Some of the world's best loved folktales, "Stone Soup," "The
Gingerbread Man," "Goldilocks", "The Magic Porridge Pot," and "Anansi's
Hot Bean Soup" are about food!  Combine these folktales with the creative writing methods of sign language, draw and tell, paper-cutting or
tangrams and you have a scrumptious combination! After enjoying these
tales, your students will decide on their favorite food and write their own folktale!

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By Request: $120.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Homeschoolers Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

Even just one listener is important!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

International, Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Special Education, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Special Needs Storytelling

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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No charge for weather related cancellations.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books,  a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include "Paper Cutting Stories A to Z," "A Treasury of Trickster Tales," "Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold," and "Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition." Other books include puppets made from food, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including"Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language,  She offers Workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz  joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific concepts presented in our video conference programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science facts!

Author Valerie Marsh
317 441 0158

Program Details


What Food Folktale Stories do you think your students will enjoy? Stone Soup, The Magic Porridge Pot, The Gingerbread Boy, Anansi and the Hot Bean Soup, Goldilocks, or Anansi and the Tiger's Soup. Just let me know which ones!
1. First, we discuss the parameters of a folktale. Then I use the paper-cutting technique for the first story..
2. Students then identify and explore a variety of symmetrical objects.
3. We discuss "Character, Problem, Solution" and identify these elements in a familiar folktale already such as "Goldilocks."
4.. Students use their art skills to create their own symmetrical food object for their folktale.
5. I will tell a second food folktale using a different type of storytelling method such as Draw and Tell, or Sign Language or Tangrams.
6.. Students begin creating their own food folktale using this second writing method.
7. Q and A if time permits.

Participants will need several sheets of plain white paper and a pencil please.


Students will:
1. create his/her original folktale to tell using one of Valerie's hands-on methods.
2. tell her/his own version of one of the stories and include their favorite food!
3. be able to identify the important parts of a story.
4. compare one of the folktales we tell to a folktale that he/she is already familiar with.
5. develop an awareness and appreciation of stories that are told orally (without the book).
6. be able to identify the geometric tangram shapes.
7. be able to identify the elements of a folktale.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

-Literacy RI K to 8, RL 1 to 10,
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10
-Speaking & Listening SL K,1 to 5.6
-Art NA-VA,K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, NA-T.K-4.2, NA-D.K-4.1-3
-Math K.G.A.1, K.G.A.2, 1.G.A.1, 1.G.A.2, 2.G.A.1

State Standards

Valerie will tailor this program to meet your particular standard objectives.