Here are some act!vated stories for you to read aloud. These stories have been adapted from some of the stories that were performed on stage. They are meant to be read out loud. So grab a friend and start reading together.
Read Stories Online
Davy Crockett the man and the legend (You decide where to put the animals on your screen as you read.)
The Golden Pitcher from Mongolia. A tale of age and wisdom. Bonus slide show!
Orpheus a Greek Myth. Orpheus and Eurydice journey to the underworld of Hades and his three headed dog Cerberus, features artwork by students. Read the Chorus parts aloud with a group.
Vasalisa and Baba Yaga The Russian Cinderella faces the nasty ole ogre Baba Yaga. Features photos from the stage production. Bonus slide show!
Simple Ivan a simpleton story from Russia - with suggestions for acting it out.
Old Stormalong a great American hero from the sea
Follow the Buzz - A story from Japan, also known as "The Bee and the Dream" told in the narrative style of "Unfortunate Events".
Toyama no Kin-san - A "Robin Hood" story we learned during our trip to Japan.
Are you in the mood for a ghost story? Try Gettysburg Ghosts and see if you can find the ghosts hiding on the page.
Read along with the Act!vated Actors
Read along as you listen to the story.
- Anansi and the Story Box: a tale from Ghana in Africa, about the legendary spider-man hero of the Ashanti tribe, and how he brought stories to the world.
- The Four Dragons: A tale about how four dragons in very ancient times tried to persuade the Jade Emperor, the supreme god of ancient Chinese folklore, to send water to earth.
- The Lizard and the Frog: an origin story from Ugunda. Origin stories are tales made up to explain how things came to be the way they are.
- The Princess who Couldn't Laugh: a classic story from Norway about a princess who was very charming except that she had no sense of humor.
- Rumplestiltskin: one of the classic fairy tales about a supernatural creature who comes to the aid of a damsel in distress and demands a stiff payment unless the damsel can guess his name. Originally told by the Brothers Grimm.
- Something from Nothing: a charming and inspiring Jewish tale popularized by the picture book of the same name by Phoebe Gilman.
- Tar Baby: a trickster tale about the Rabbit (often called Brer Rabbit), who is a recurring character in these folktales.
- The Tortoise and the Hare: popularized by the Greek slave Aesop, who told a great many fabulous fables. In later centuries, many similar stories sprang up in many cultures around the world.
- The Ugly Duckling: or as we like to say the somewhat less than attractive duckling, Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fable about judging people (or fowl) by their plumage.
Act!vated Stories Podcast
Listen to your favorite stories being Act!vated! Plug in your earphones and listen to a story.
Reader's Theatre Scripts
- A free Reader's Theatre Version of Orpheus is available for classroom use (pdf)
- The Egyptian Cinderella a 25 minute play for school theatre productions.
Folktale Lesson Plans for teachers and students
Slide Show Stories
The following stories are in slide show format. Click the link to watch the story. They are set to loop so just hit the back button when it gets to the end.
- How the Ice Cream Cone was Invented - It's the World's Fair in 1904 and there are no ice cream cones, yet.
- The Golden Pitcher - after banning all of the old people from the kingdom an emperor looses his beloved golden pitcher. How will he ever find it?
- Vasalisa and Baba Yaga - Vasalisa's Kookla doll helps her escape the eccentric Baba Yaga.
More Act!vated Folktales on CD
Act!vated Story Park
Enter a mystical Aztec temple to discover yourself in whisked away to scenes from your favorite stories. You'll even get to see one of Anasi's tricks first hand when he sends you over a 30-foot drop backwards into the Act!vated Story Park lagoon. Take on the role of a falcon carrying the shoe of Rhodopis (the Egyptian Cinderella) as you soar high above Egypt.
Come play at the Activated Story Park. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 enthusiasts can explore rides and attractions based on folktales from around the world.
"This group really appeals to the elementary crowd; they incorporate dance, tumbling, gymnastics, sing, slapstick, etc. in their performance!" ~Joy Lear, Children's Librarian, Snoqualmie, WA
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