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What are some American Folksongs?

    Oh a chipmunk, chipmunk sitting on a limb/And he winked at me and I at him/So I picked up a chip and I hit him on the chin/And he said: “Young man, don’t you try that again!”

    More Folklore Resources

      Here is a list of folklore books recommended for teachers. These collections contain a variety of folktales, from Native American Myths and Legends to Ghost stories. There are also Urban Legends and some really funny Tall Tales.

      What are some Folklore Definitions?

        So, what is folklore, anyway? What exactly is the difference between a myth and a legend? A folktale and a tall tale? Where do you draw the line between a fable and a fairytale? What is the difference between a normal legend and an urban one? For those of you who have spent many a sleepless night pondering such mysteries, I have written up a quick folklore vocabulary list to help solve the murky intricacies of folklore and allow you to sleep at night.

        What is folklore?

          The term folklore is generally used to refer to the traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people which have beem disseminated in an informal manner…

          Writing: A Lesson Plan on Beginnings

            A lesson plan on writing for grades 3-5 which introduces different types of story beginnings to students, allows students to write different beginnings, and engages students in the process of revision.

            Storytelling Lesson Plan

              A lesson plan for grades 4 and 5 which engages children in the art of storytelling and develops public speaking skills.

              What are some Folklore Lesson Plans?

                Here is a list of lesson plans that have been created using stories from the American Folklore site or appropriate for use with the Spooky Series by .

                Do you have any more Nursery Rhymes about People?

                  There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
                  He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile.
                  He had a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse
                  And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

                  What are some Animal Nursery Rhymes?

                    Baa, baa, black sheep,
                    Have you any wool?
                    Yes sir, yes sir,
                    Three bags full.
                    One for the master,
                    And one for the dame,
                    And one for the little boy
                    Who lives down the lane.

                    What are some Rain Proverbs & Sayings?

                      Looking to do a little weather forcasting? These old proverbs claim to predict stormy weather. If after a rain you can see enough blue sky to make a man a pair of pants, it will clear, at least according to some weather predictors. Read them all and see which ones work for you.

                      What is the Jersey Devil?

                        The legendary Jersey Devil is a dragon-like creature, with a head like a horse, a snake-like body and bat’s wings. The Jersey Devil is rumored to inhabit the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey, and has been known to cause chaos and panic whenever it rears its unattractive head; though there are some who consider its appearance as the herald of good luck.

                        What are some stories featuring supernatural romance?

                          Folklore is full of tales of true love and loss, and of not-so-true love and its aftermath. And of course, in some stories, love goes terribly awry…. If you’re looking for a happy ending, you may want to go to the Disney channel. But if you want something thought-provoking (and sometimes downright chilling,) these stories are for you!

                          What is the Nature of Legend?

                            From the Yakama Nation Museum   The world of Giants prepared the way for the world we know today. The world of Giants is the subject of legend.  The legends tell the history of our People, and Teach us by example how to live and die.    Legends teach that mastery in the art of living takes time, and Only the elders are wise. Legends teach that the universal truths are revealed by experience, When… Read More »What is the Nature of Legend?