The Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine - After chasing the special rice cake, Nian Gao, that their mother has made to celebrate the Chinese New Year, three poor brothers share it with an elderly woman and have their generosity richly rewarded.
It's time to focus now the common core literature standards. Using folktales, especially those by author Gerald McDermott, are wonderful resources for teaching story elements such as, main character, setting, problem and solution, etc. Folktales can also be used to teach character analysis and the central message of a story. Come read on my blog how I use these folktales with my third grade students!