Folktales and Culture PBL


2nd Grade

Driving Question:  How can we create a folktale that portrays another country’s culture? What is Culture?


  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors or from different cultures.
  • Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide sense of closure.

21st Century Skill: Critical Thinking

Project Overview: Students will first explore what the word “culture” means and create a culture box that resembles their own culture. Students will then read folktales (fairy tales, tricksters, fables, and pourquoi) from all over the world and discuss the culture in which the folktale derived from. Students will discuss how the folktale accurately or inaccurately portrays the culture. Students will choose a country/culture to research and learn more about. They will use this research to create their very own folktale about the country.

Authentic Audience: Author Celebration for class

Ending Result: A folktale written with knowledge and research of a different country.


4 thoughts on “Folktales and Culture PBL

    • A culture box is a box full of items that represent a certain culture of a person. The box can be filled with any items that show culture – music, toys, food, family, celebrations, trips. I had my kids bring 5 or more things.


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