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The Ants and the GrasshopperAesop
In this fable of Aesop, a grasshopper asks some hard-working ants for help as winter approaches.Pair “The Ants and the Grasshopper” with “The Crow and the Pitcher.” Ask students to compare and contrast the theme(s) in each text. What could the Grasshopper learn from the Crow?
How Boots Befooled the KingHoward Pyle
In this folktale, a wise king offers his daughter's hand in marriage to whomever can make a fool out of him.Pair “How Boots Befooled the King” with “The Crow and the Pitcher.” Ask students to compare and contrast the main characters in each text. How are the Crow and Boots similar? How are they different? How does their cleverness lead to their individual success?
The Rose That Grew from ConcreteTupac Shakur
In Tupac Shakur's "The Rose That Grew from Concrete," the speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore how success is possible despite obstacles. What similar traits help the crow and the rose to succeed? How do they approach adversity differently?
The Little Red HenFlorence White Williams
In the classic folktale "The Little Red Hen," Mrs. Hen works hard despite those around her and is rewarded for her effort in the end.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “The Little Red Hen” and ask students to compare the characters of Mrs. Hen and the Crow. How do both characters respond to challenges? How do the themes of these texts compare?
Sometimes a Dream Needs a PushWalter Dean Myers
In Walter Dean Myers' short story "Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push," a boy must change his approach to basketball when he loses the ability to walk.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore overcoming obstacles. How does the crow’s struggle to reach the water compare to Chris’ struggle to play basketball? How do both characters find solutions to their problems? What similar message do students think the texts are trying to impart on them?
Stop the Hungry Giant FishPam Calvert
In Pam Calvert's short story "Stop the Hungry Giant Fish: Based on a Legend from the Island of Guam" a village must come together to save their island from being eaten by a fish.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “Stop the Hungry Giant Fish: Based on a Legend from the Island of Guam” and ask students to compare how both tales are about using ideas to solve a problem. How does the crow use its wisdom to overcome its challenge? How does the crow’s idea compare to both the men’s approach to dealing with the giant fish in Calvert’s story, and then to the women and maiden’s approach?
Noticing Mistakes Boosts LearningAlison Pearce Stevens
In the informational text "Noticing Mistakes Boosts Learning" Alison Pearce Stevens discusses a study that shows the benefits of noticing your mistakes.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “Noticing Mistakes Boosts Learning” and ask students to compare the main ideas of the two texts. How does the crow learn from his mistakes and eventually succeed in his efforts? How do students think the crow’s actions would be different if he ignored his mistakes instead of learning from them?
The Clever RabbitRetold by Chitra Soundar
In the folktale "The Clever Rabbit," a rabbit outsmarts a hungry tiger to avoid becoming its next meal.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “The Clever Rabbit” and have students discuss how both stories could have ended much differently for the crow and the rabbit if each animal had not been so clever. What themes do these stories share?
Are Animals Inventors?Gail Jarrow and Paul Sherman
In "Are Animals Inventors?," Gail Jarrow and Paul Sherman explain how animals create "inventions" to make their lives easier.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “Are Animals Inventors?” and have students think about how the Crow in “The Crow and the Pitcher” and animals in “Are Animals Inventors” use natural resources to solve problems. When the Crow in “The Crow and the Pitcher” has a problem, how do they solve it? What did the ravens do in “Are Animals Inventors?” to solve their problem? What does this show about crows and ravens?
Crows Never Forget A FacePatricia Nikolina Clark
In "Crows Never Forget a Face," Dr. John Marzluff has shown that crows can recognize faces and pass information to other crows.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “Crows Never Forget a Face” to have students read another account about crow’s intelligence. How does the crow from “The Crow and the Pitcher” demonstrate its intelligence? How do the crows from “Crows Never Forget a Face” demonstrate their intelligence? Share with students that “The Crow and the Pitcher” was written by Aesop, who lived between 620-560 BCE. Why do you think that people have been fascinated by crows throughout history?