Anansi stories by Eric A. Kimmel
Lesson plans and teaching resources

Advice for Anansi
This series of lessons introduces young students to the concept of the literary character and gives them the opportunity to discover for themselves the traits that define the character of Anansi the spider. Focus is on Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock . Adobe Reader required.

Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales
Students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next.

Anansi: A Language Arts Twist to the Trickster
This unit plan is designed for first grade and uses Eric Kimmel's books Anansi Goes Fishing , Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock , and Anansi and the Talking Melon to teach sequencing, identifying main idea, characterization and writing. The 24-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

Anansi the Spider
Instructions, materials needed, and templates for students to make an Anansi puppet. Packet also includes cross-curricular learning activities, related links and titles. 14 pages, Adobe Reader required.

Anansi and the Magic Stick
This lesson is designed for 1st or 2nd grade to introduce African folktales and to introduce or expand the students' knowledge of locating and accessing the dictionary, the atlas, and folktales in the library. The students will respond to a read-aloud and interact with creative writing, illustrating, and speaking activities.

Anansi Goes Fishing
Teacher models active reading. Word processor required for access.

Anansi Goes Fishing
Summary, reading skills and vocabulary, science, health, art, and technology activities. Adobe Reader required.

Fables and Stories
This read-aloud anthology is designed for first grade. It includes texts, vocabulary, and literacy activities for "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Maid and the Milk Pail," "The Goose and the Golden Eggs," "The Dog in the Manger," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Little Half-Chick (Medio Pollito)," "The Crowded, Noisy House," "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," and "All Tales are Anansi's." Adobe Reader required. 178 pages.