Here is Pecos Bill's horse. Some versions call this horse Widow Maker and some call his horse Lightning. I like the name Widow Maker because it gives you a chance to teach a new word! The speech bubble is a summary of the story. We made a list of major events on an is, can, has anchor chart. Then, the students wrote their summaries of the Tall Tale.
Here is a Paul Bunyan summary. I got the idea of Pinterest to make his body long. I used clip art from Scrappin Doodles. I didn't print the kids copies in color but I told them to outline and add their own color. They turned out cute!
All of the resources above can be bought in my tall tale genre study unit. I will give away three to the first three people that leave me a comment with their email address!
This unit does include Johnny Appleseed and Davey Crockett. As a disclaimer they are included in our standards and we often discuss how the oral history of Tall Tales has caused two real life people to find their names on the tall tale list.
How do you teach tall tales? Am I missing a great activity that I should add next year?