K.8 - The Past, Present and Future

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The past, present and future describe points in time and help us examine and understand events.

Specific words and phrases related to chronology and time should be used when recounting events and experiences.
  • Students will correctly use words related to chronology and time when recounting events and experiences (e.g., first, next, last; now, long ago; before, after; morning, afternoon, night; yesterday, today, tomorrow; last or next week, month, year; and present, past, and future tenses of verbs).
K.8b People use folktales, legends, oral histories, and music to teach values, ideas, traditions, and important events from the past.
  • Students will retell a story and explain the value, idea, tradition, or important event that it expressed.

Supporting Materials


American Tall Tales (Unabridged)

This superb collection of larger-than-life folk heroes aptly represents America's robust early days, perfectly capturing the vitality of the men and women who carved a new country out of the North American wilderness. Author Mary Pope Osborne supplies a fascinating introduction to each tale and...


Anansi the Spider (Unabridged)

Anansi, one of the great folk heroes of the world, is saved from a terrible fate by his six sons in this traditional tale from West Africa.


Annie Oakley

Meet Phoebe Ann Moses, better known as Annie Oakley. In the world of champion shooters, nobody stands taller. Born into poverty, things change for Annie and her family when she discovers her unique talent for sharpshooting. Not only does Annie's expert marksmanship put food on the table, it also...


Babushka Baba Yaga (Unabridged)

She was the last of her kind. A creature of legends. A being of the forest. And stories were told of her - stories of the terrible, horrible Baba Yaga.

In truth, Baba Yaga was kind and very lonely. And as she watches the babushkas of the village delight in their grandchildren, she...


Caps for Sale (Unabridged)

A charming tale of the peddler whose stolen caps mean all kinds of monkey business.


Chicken Little

A bold and colorful retelling of the classic tale of the not-so-bright little chicken's encounter with an acorn and gravity. Children will be delighted as crazy-eyed Chicken and all his panicked friends run away from the sky and right into an eye-catching surprise. With delicious illustrations,...


Creating a Tall Tale

What are the ingredients of a tall tale? Like any story, a tall tale includes characters, a setting, a problem and a solution. But in a tall tale, ordinary characters -- whether fictional or based on real people or occupations -- may face extraordinary challenges and prevail with outlandish...


Davy Crockett

Meet Davy Crockett -- a legendary hunter, politician and avid storyteller who tames the wild frontier with sharpshooting, cleverness and plenty of humor. Battling bears and panthers, dislodging the sun from between two icebergs and whipping a destructive comet back into space are all in a day's...


Johnny Appleseed

Meet John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Living in harmony with nature, he fulfills his dream of traveling west to plant apple orchards across the frontier to aid pioneers on their arduous journeys. Johnny's gentle spirit, love of all living things and sheer perseverance wins him...


Just So Stories: How the Camel Got His Hump (Unabridged)

A classic fable from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, read by Johnny Morris.

Have you ever wondered how and why the animals came to be as they are? In these magical tales, drawn from stories he heard as a child in India as well as on folk traditions he later collected all over the...


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