SL: Beginner Stories in 1-4

 

Here is a list of the stories I am using to teach my beginner students in grades 1 through 4. They are listed in the order I am teaching them, so they should get progressively longer throughout the year. If I have a blog post about the lesson, you can click on the link. I try to describe the story and what challenges I had.

Grades 1 – 4 (Fall 2018)

  1. Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt – my own variation of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  2. Der süße Brei (The Sweet Porridge) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm
  3. Eine Reise (Journey) – from Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel (An I Can Read Book, level 2)
  4. Das Langnasenschwein (The Long-Nosed Pig) by Keith Faulkner
  5. Goldlöckchen (Goldilocks)
  6. Wie die Sterne in den Apfel kamen (How the Apple Got its Star) – a fairy tale from the Waldorf Schools (taught in 3 & 4, but was a little too challenging)
  7. Das grüne Halsband (The Green Ribbon) – a slightly creepy Halloween story (taught in 1 & 2 only)
  8. Die kleine, alte Frau, die vor nichts Angst hatte (The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything) by Linda Williams
  9. Die Legende von Sankt Martin (The Legend of St. Martin)
  10. Sterntaler (a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm – works nicely with Martinstag)
  11. Die rote Blume (The Red Flower) – a short story from the collection Manuel und Didi: Das zweite große Buch der kleinen Mäuseabenteuer by Erwin Moser
  12. Die Legende von “Stille Nacht” (The Legend of “Silent Night”)
  13. Der Nussknacker (The Nutcracker) based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1816)
  14. Nikolaus und die drei Töchter – a legend about St. Nikolaus

As I progressed with the students, it became clear that the older children could handle longer and more complex stories, while the younger children still needed shorter, more repetitive stories. So after the winter break, I began telling different stories to the two groups. Some of the stories still overlap, but I usually simplified them for grades 1 & 2.

Here are the two lists of stories:

Grades 1 & 2 (Winter & Spring 2019)

  1. Jürgens Hobbys
  2. Der Maulwurf im Winter (The Mole in Winter) by Hana Doskocilova
  3. Klingelingeling (Jingle Bells) – by Nicola Smee
  4. Was trägt kleiner Bär? (What Will Little Bear Wear?) by Elsa Holmelund Minarik (An I Can Read Book)
  5. Der dicke fette Pfannkuchen (The Big Fat Pancake) – European fairy tale
  6. Der Wunschbrunnen (The Wishing Well) – from Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel (An I Can Read Book, level 2)
  7. Schneeballschlacht (Snow Balls) by Robert Munsch
  8. Die Ente und der Apfel (The Duck and the Apple) – fable
  9. Die drei kleinen Schweinchen (The Three Little Pigs)
  10. Wer hat Angst vorm kleinen Wolf? (Who is Afraid of Little Wolf) by Yayo Kawaruma

Grades 3 & 4 (Winter & Spring 2019)

  1. Silvester und das Jahrkind (Silvester and the New Year Child) – a fairy tale from the 18th century by Eduard Mörike
  2. Klingelingeling (Jingle Bells) – by Nicola Smee
  3. Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm
  4. Was trägt kleiner Bär? (What Will Little Bear Wear?) by Elsa Holmelund Minarik (An I Can Read Book)
  5. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  6. Der Grüffelo (The Gruffalo) by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  7. Die Brautschau (Looking for a Bride) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm
  8. Schneeballschlacht (Snow Balls) by Robert Munsch
  9. Wo ist Mami? (Monkey Puzzle) by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  10. Die Schöne und das Biest (Beauty and the Beast), French fairy tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve (1740)
  11. Der leere Topf (The Empty Pot) – Chinese tale