Fables Unit 3 Reader Discussion Questions

Fables Discussion Questions

Use these questions as a guide when discussing the nightly assigned story with your child. Students do not have to write answers but should orally answer each question in a complete sentence that restates the question.

King Log and King Crane

1.    Who are the characters in the story?

2.    What is the setting of the story?

3.    What do the frogs ask at the beginning of the story?

4.    Why do the gods send them a log as their king?

5.    Do the frogs like King Log? Why or why not?

6.    Who do the gods send to the frogs after King Log?

7.    How do King Log and King Crane act differently?

8.    What lesson do you think this fable has to teach us?

The Two Dogs

1.    The tame dog says his job is to keep the men safe when they sleep at home.  What do you think the dog does to keep the men safe?

2.    Why does the free dog think at first that the tame dog has a fine or easy life?

3.    Why do you think is the lesson, or moral of this story?

The Hares and the Frogs

1.    What words would you use to describe the hares?

2.    What types of things scare the hares?

3.    What happens when the hares fun off to hide?

4.    What does the last hare say after scaring the frogs?

5.    What do you think the moral or lesson is of this fable?

The Two Mules

1.    What was the man in the story doing?

2.    What did the mules have on their backs?

3.    What did the mule with spots ask the black mule?

4.    Did the black mule help the spotted mule? Why or why not?

5.    What happened to the black mule after the mule with spots could not go any farther?

6.    If the black mule had helped the mule with spots, how might the ending of this story be different?

7.    What is the moral of this story?

The Dog and the Mule

1.    How does the man feel about the dog?

2.    How the the mule feel? How do you know?

3.    What does the mule do to try to act like the dog?

4.    Why do you think the man was scared by the mule?

5.    What is the moral of this story?

The Bag of Coins

1.      What does one man discover while he is on a trip with his friend?

2.      How does the other man feel after the first man finds the coins? Why?

3.      What words would you use to describe the man who discovered the coins?

4.      Who shows up after the man discovers the bag of coins?

5.      Why are these men mad?

6.      What is the moral of this story?

The Dog and the Ox

1.      Why can’t the ox eat the straw?

2.      Why do you think the dog does not let the ox have his straw?

3.      What happens when the man sees the dog?

4.      What do you think the man means when he says the dog did not need the straw?

5.      Where else might the dog have gone to sleep?

6.      How do you think the dog feels after the man scolds him and calls him a bad dog?

The Fox and the Grapes

1.      At the beginning of the story, what does the fox decide he would like to eat from lunch?

2.      How does the fox describe the grapes at the beginning of the story?

3.      What does the fox do to try to get the grapes?

4.      Does the fox succeed in getting the grapes?

5.      How do you think the fox feels when he is not able to reach the grapes?

6.      Do you think the fox really thinks the grapes are sour? Why or why not?

The Tree in the Reeds

1.      Does a tree fall over easily when the wind blows? Why or why not?

2.      What happens to the reeds in the story when the wind blows?

3.      What does the tree in the story boast about?

4.      What happens to the tree the next week?

5.      What lesson do you think this fable has to teach us?

The Moon

1.      What does the moon ask her mom to make?

2.      Why does the moon’s mom say that she cannot make a dress that would fit the moon?

3.      What lesson do you think this falbes has to teach us?