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Spooky Short Story: Draw What You Hear - The Great White Bear and the Trolls

In this story time class, we will read a fairy tale about a group of scary trolls & the giant bear they never expected to see. Based on what we hear in the story, we will draw what we think the characters look like.
Teacher Lauren, MAT
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Class Experience

Students will:
*practice listening skills, specifically character descriptions
*interpret descriptions to draw characters
*answer recall questions about the story's plot and characters
*make story predictions
*share their work in a small group setting (optional)
"Draw what you hear" is an activity I used to do with my students as a public school teacher. It's a fun way to practice character description.
No homework, but I encourage students to finish their drawings after class if they need more time, and they can also post their pictures in the classroom!
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Students may use the handout provided or they can use their own paper to draw on. They can also add color if they want to.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
While this story is great for Halloween, it isn't too scary. The moment the trolls first appear is suspenseful at most.
The original 1800s Norse story is entitled, "The Cat on the Dovrefell," which has been adapted by Katharine Pyle (1863-1938) as "The Great White Bear and the Trolls." Both stories are in the public domain.

I have made my own minor changes to the story, including changing the setting to Halloween night and adding a few more descriptions so students have more to draw.


Teacher Lauren, MAT
Lives in the United States
249 total reviews
304 completed classes

About Me

Hello, Outschool! My name is Teacher Lauren, and I'm so happy to meet you.

Since my first Outschool class, I've been teaching classes which allow me to share my passions from creative writing to American Sign Language. As a former English... 
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