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.

  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 (A Journey) by Arnold Lobel
  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