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Folktale Unit: Pecos Bill
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5
By: Debbie Haren, Preschool Teacher

Activities going along with Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg.


  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Talk about similarities and differences in folktales.
  • Talk about what a hero is.


    Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg


    Shared reading of Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg

    Discussion questions:
    1. What things about this story make it a folktale?
    2. What was Pecos Bill known for?
    3. Do you think a folkhero is similar to a person who is a legend? Why or why not?
    4. This story is an example of an American hero. Can you think of anyone else who is an American hero? List on the board.
    5. Have you ever seen the Disney movie about Pecos Bill? Were they the same or different?
    6. When something is passed down from one person to another by telling the story, do you think it is always told the exact same way? Could this be why we have so many versions?
    1. What does the word kinfolk mean?
    1. What was the conclusion of this book?
    2. Who did Pecos Bill marry?
    3. Do you think authors have to do research to write a story like this? Why or why not?
    4. If you wanted to write about a person or event, what resources might you use to learn true facts about that person or event?
    5. Do you think this might have come from a real true story?

    In your journals write about your favorite part of Pecos Bill.

    Related Pages:

    Folktale Unit ( 1-2, 3-5 )
    7 lessons for learning about folktales: What is a Fairy Tale or Folk Tale?, The Princess and the Golden Shoes, The Emperor and the Kite, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Johnny Appleseed.

    Folktale Unit Ideas ( K, 1-2 )
    Ideas to go with reading folktales.


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