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New Spanish Fables & Paired Texts!

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Mar 21, 2017 3:31:00 PM

Do you know about Hameray Publishing's newest series?

We're excited to announce Fábulas y el mundo real, the Spanish equivalent of the popular Fables & The Real World series. ELL and dual language classrooms will benefit from this 40-book paired-text series. The fables, such as La tortuga y el conejo [The Tortoise and the Rabbit] and El zorro y el chivito [The Fox and the Goat], impart universal lessons that are relevant in any culture.


The nonfiction titles are designed to support the Common Core State Standards in Informational Texts. Titles such as ¿Es un lobo o un coyote? and La energia del sol y del viento teaches comparing and contrasting skills (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.9). Each book also includes captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, and other informational text features (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.5).


With a variety of topics such as weather, community markets, and showing gratitude, Fábulas mundo real allows ELL teachers to include content area subjects into their literacy lessons, too.

Visit the Fábulas y el mundo real website to browse all the titles and view sample books.¡Vamos a leer!



Click this link to view sample books from Fábulas y el mundo real. Click the image below to download an English series highlights about Fables and the Real World. 

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Topics: Spanish, ELL, Fables and the Real World, Paired Texts, Fabulas y el mundo real

Identifying Character Traits through Paired Texts—with FREE Download!

Posted by Laureen on Nov 1, 2016 3:51:00 PM

This is a guest blog post by Laureen, a Canadian first grade teacher of 25 years who writes at the blog Teach with Laughter. This post includes a free download!

The Fables and the Real World series is a set of 40 books that pairs fables with informational text. I had the wonderful opportunity to use The Ant and the Grasshopper along with Grasshoppers in my classroom.fables-ant-and-grasshopper-book.jpg


Fables often have animals as main characters. In the classic fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, the grasshopper enjoys relaxing while the ant works tirelessly to prepare for winter. It won’t take long for your students to identify the moral of the story: there is a time for work and a time for play. Ask your students: Have you ever wanted to play when it was time to do a chore or your homework?  

After reading the information text Grasshoppers, have students discuss the differences between the grasshoppers in the two books. The nonfiction book Incredible Ants is a perfect pairing text for comparing the ants. As with most fables, the animals are given human characteristics. These characteristics differ from real grasshoppers and ants.

Have a discussion about the traits of both the ant and the grasshopper in the fable. Character traits are the part of their personality that is consistent over time. Have students reflect on character traits of the ant and the grasshopper on the following page.

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I am anxious to get my hands on more sets from the Fables and Real World Series!


To learn more about Fables and the Real World, click the series highlights image below to download an information sheet with key features. To get today's free activity download, click the second image below!

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Topics: Fables and the Real World, Paired Texts, Laureen, Character Traits

Building Paired Text Connections within Young Readers

Posted by Marcy Godesa on Apr 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM

This is a guest blog post by Marcy Godesa, a first-grade teacher from Oregon who blogs over at Searching for Teacher Balance. If you like what you read here, check her blog out, and be sure to check back here for more of her guest blog posts!

When teaching students the importance of understanding their reading, lessons on making connections must take place. As adult readers, we constantly connect what we are reading to real-life events and topics. These connections are what allow our brains to store the newly read information for immediate and future use. How do we get young readers to do they same thing?

First off, as parents and educators, we need to make sure that these readers are exposed to rich text, meaningful stories, and all around interesting topics. You can find wide range of books that cover these three needs in the Fables and the Real World series. My students and I love that their books contain real photographs and cover interesting topics.


Second, we need a variety of books to support the strategy of making connections. By reading nonfiction text and comparing it to the author's message/moral of the story in fables, young readers are able to grow their reading minds. The connections that they are able to make between nonfiction and fiction helps to build the bridge to successful comprehension. I feel that too often young readers focus only on text-to-self connections and the text-to-world connections fall to the wayside. It is these text-to-world connections that strengthen our language skills and understanding of the world.  


Paired texts such as Fables and the Real World and Story World Real World are an incredible resource to use when teaching students about text-to-world, as well as text-to-text connections. My kiddos not only love the nonfiction component, but they thoroughly enjoy discussing the morals of the fables. 

What is your favorite resource for teaching connections? Leave a comment below letting us know!


Want to learn more about the paired texts shown in this post? Click the image below to read about the Fables and the Real World series.

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Topics: Leveled Readers, Fables and the Real World, Marcy Godesa, Paired Texts

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