## The Five (or Seven) Chinese Brothers Lesson Plans

The Five Chinese Brothers was written by Claire Huchet Bishop in 1938. While it is generally described as a Chinese folktale, I haven’t found any earlier collections of it. The story begins, “Once upon a time, there were five Chinese brothers, and they all looked exactly alike.” Each brother… Continue reading

## Rumpelstiltskin Lesson Plans

Rumpelstiltskin is a story from the Brothers Grimm. In the story, a miller claims that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king demands that she prove it. She is locked in a room full of straw, despairing, when a funny little man comes in and offers to do… Continue reading

## Earth Day Lesson Plans Roundup

Probably the best thing to do for classes on Earth Day is to get out of the classroom and enjoy the beauty of the earth, or perhaps clean up a bit. You may not have that option. It’s not too late to plan a classroom lesson. Here’s a nice… Continue reading

## Alice in Wonderland Lesson Plans

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is a perennial favorite, and for good reason. In the story, Alice falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in a marvelous world full of frankly irritating creatures and surprising events. The story continues with Alice’s adventures as she… Continue reading

## Conditional Statements

Conditional statements are “if-then” statements. If A=B, and B=C,then A=C. If you complete all your homework and study for the tests, you will pass the class. If a shape is a square, then it is also a rectangle. We use them all the time, and they can be phrased in both English… Continue reading