Introducing Burro's Tortillas

Albuquerque teacher Ali Nava introduces the Burro's Tortillas lesson plan, explains its connection to "The Little Red Hen," and discusses why her students love the story.

Teacher: Ali Nava
Grade: 2
School Name: Lew Wallace Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Introducing "Burro's Tortillas"

Ali provides an overview of the "Burro's Tortillas" lesson plan and its connection to "The Little Red Hen."


Reading Standards for Literature (K-5)

  • Ask and answer such questions about key details of a text. (RL 1.1)
  • Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson. (RL 1.2)
  • Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details of a text. (RL 2.1)
  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. (RL 2.2)

Discussion Questions

  • What differences do you see in the standards from one grade to the next?
  • How would you modify this Grade 1 lesson if you wanted to use it with Grade 2 students?

Lesson Summary

Ali Nava is an elementary teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a member of the first-grade cadre in our Common Core in Albuquerque project.
In this video clip, Ali introduces Burro's Tortillas, a southwestern variation of "The Little Red Hen," and talks about why her students love the story.

Things to watch for:

  • Culturally responsive instruction
  • Making text-to-text connections

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