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Reading Legends: Paul Bunyan 3

In this worksheet, students will read the legend of Paul Bunyan and predict how the story will develop from details stated and implied.

'Reading Legends: Paul Bunyan 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Predict Story Development

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity you will read the legend of Paul Bunyan piece by piece so you can try to predict how the story develops.

 

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The Legend of Paul Bunyan 

 

It was in the middle of the night in Bangor, Maine USA, that the great noise was first heard. It was a cry that sounded like 10,000 gulls screaming as they swooped for fish. Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan looked out of their wooden cottage towards the river that led to the great ocean and saw five enormous storks struggling to fly overhead. They hauled a great bundle behind them, from which came the great screaming. The storks flew closer and closer and finally came to land outside their front door, gently placing the enormous bundle on the ground. They stepped back and bowed their heads. Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan were amazed.

"What on earth, Pa?" exclaimed Mrs. Bunyan.

Mr. Bunyan was pale, both with the noise and the shock. He crept quietly up to the vast bundle which had, at last, fallen silent. He peeped over the edge, then suddenly fell over backwards as the bundle screamed and bowled him right over.

 

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Use the start of the story to answer the first questions. Then read on to try and work out each part of the story, using what you have read so far. 

 

What do you think could be in the bundle?

Why?

Write your answer in the text box below using full sentences. 

 

Do you think the bundle might be special?

Why?

Write your answer in the text below using full sentences.

Here's what happened next:

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"It's a baby!" said Mr. Bunyan to Mrs. Bunyan. "The biggest baby you have ever seen!"

Paul was so big and he grew so fast. When he was thirsty, Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan had to milk nearly 20 cows just to give him a drink. When he was tired and slept in his cradle, the rocking caused great waves on the ocean nearby, sinking many ships. When his tummy rumbled it was like a huge earthquake shaking the cottage. He used to shout so loud for his breakfast, that he scared all the fish out of the river and the frogs started wearing earmuffs. Once he rolled over in his sleep, and knocked over five miles of forest.

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What do you think Mr. and Mrs Bunyan would need to make his clothes?

Think of an imaginative answer and write it in the text box below in full sentences. 

Read the next part:

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When Paul needed a new jacket, they had to use huge wagon wheels for buttons and stitch together whole reams of cloth for trousers and shirts. 

"Ouch!" they would cry, as Paul trod on three friends at once, his great clodhopper boots pinning them to the ground, only their heads showing. 

Ooophhf," they would shout, as Paul sneezed and blew them right up into the trees.

"Aahhhh!" they would scream with delight, as Paul scooped them up in his hands, throwing them round and around.

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Imagine how Paul could help the family travel to Minnesota.

Think about what has happened in this part of the story to help you.

Next:

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So Paul put his parents on one shoulder and the luggage on the other, and took three long steps. They had arrived! 

That winter it was a long, long winter. The snow blew and the wind blew, longer and colder that it had ever blown. The snow was so deep it went an icy blue. Paul was often out looking for wood so his family could keep warm. One day, he was out rubbing two trees together to make a great warm fire, when he heard a loud mooing noise whistle past his large ears.

"MOOOOOOoooooo, MMMOOOOOoooo, MMMMMOOOOooo," Paul heard.

He thought it might be the wind playing tricks on him, but as he searched around for another tree, he tripped over something sticking out of the thick snow. It was a long curved horn. Paul reached down, and gently tweaked the horn with his finger. The horn moved and wiggled, then another horn appeared. The creature, whatever it was, wriggled and shook and grew and grew until standing nearly waist high to Paul.

 

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What do you think the creature could be?

Why?

Think about the clues that are in the story.

Next:

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It was a ginormous ox!

Aahh, you poor thing," Paul boomed. He was only able to boom you see, no whispering for Paul Bunyan.

"MMOOOOOOOOOOO," mooed the Ox.

From that day forward, they were great friends. Great in size, as well as in friendship.

Paul grew older and finally the day came when he left home to become a lumberjack, taking Babe with him. Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan were so proud that Paul had a job that suited him so well. His strength and size would really help him.

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What is a lumberjack? 

You can use a dictionary to find the answer and write it in your own words. 

 

 

Next:

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Paul and Babe were really happy being lumberjacks. Their strength and size meant that they could clear great areas of trees quickly, ready for building of cities and highways. Paul felled the trees with his enormous axe and Babe helped pull the timber to where it was needed. They worked hard all day long, helping the other lumberjacks as best they could. But there was a problem. To get the wood from place to place, the lumberjacks used the river, pushing the logs along it until they came to their yard. But, because the river was curved, the logs kept getting stuck. The logs would pile up on the bends, crashing this way and that and stopping more logs drifting along. Elmer, the owner of the yard, came to Paul and Babe for help.

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How do you think Paul and Babe could help Elmer with the curvy river?

 

Think of an imaginative answer and write it in the text box below in full sentences.  

 

Nearly the end:

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But it wasn't all work and no play. Sometimes Paul and Babe went off on their own and just had fun, like they used to! In fact one day, they were out on the plains, dragging their axes around watching the shapes they made, and they dug some craters so big, you can can still see them today. Now they are called The Grand Canyon.

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Which new machines were taking over Paul and Babe's jobs?

Tick all the answers you think.

Ships

Electric saws

Canoes

Trains

Bicycles

Hammers

Finally:

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Paul and Babe decided to travel up to Alaska, where there are many glaciers, volcanoes, lakes and oil and gas reservoirs. Alaska is so far north that some areas have 24 hours darkness, and some 24 hours daylight.

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Use your knowledge of Paul and Babe to write the final part of the legend. 

What jobs did they do?

Where did they live?

Remember to make it exciting!

The story of Paul Bunyan is a legend from the United States of America (USA).

 

Tick all the reasons why you think it is a legend.

 

The story is based on real characters or events.

The story has gods and goddesses in it.

The story is exciting as anything seems possible.

Paul undertakes a quest or test in the story.

The story has been added to and exaggerated over time.

The story is set in a magical place.

Babe is a talking animal.

The story can explain the history of a place or person.

  • Question 1

What do you think could be in the bundle?

Why?

Write your answer in the text box below using full sentences. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to two marks for answers that are written in sentences and refer to the text.
For example:
It could be a monster or a little princess. Something that is making a lot of noise, because it is screaming.
  • Question 2

Do you think the bundle might be special?

Why?

Write your answer in the text below using full sentences.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to two marks for answers that are written in sentences and refer to the text.
For example:
It seems important because the storks brought it in so carefully and placed it 'gently' on the ground. The storks also bowed their heads which is what you do when you meet a king or queen, so this shows it must be important too.
  • Question 3

Here's what happened next:

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"It's a baby!" said Mr. Bunyan to Mrs. Bunyan. "The biggest baby you have ever seen!"

Paul was so big and he grew so fast. When he was thirsty, Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan had to milk nearly 20 cows just to give him a drink. When he was tired and slept in his cradle, the rocking caused great waves on the ocean nearby, sinking many ships. When his tummy rumbled it was like a huge earthquake shaking the cottage. He used to shout so loud for his breakfast, that he scared all the fish out of the river and the frogs started wearing earmuffs. Once he rolled over in his sleep, and knocked over five miles of forest.

********************************

What do you think Mr. and Mrs Bunyan would need to make his clothes?

Think of an imaginative answer and write it in the text box below in full sentences. 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to two marks for answers that are written in sentences and are imaginative in their response.
For example:
I think they would need something really big, like leather from a whole cow to make his shoes, or a huge blanket to make his shorts.
  • Question 4

Read the next part:

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When Paul needed a new jacket, they had to use huge wagon wheels for buttons and stitch together whole reams of cloth for trousers and shirts. 

"Ouch!" they would cry, as Paul trod on three friends at once, his great clodhopper boots pinning them to the ground, only their heads showing. 

Ooophhf," they would shout, as Paul sneezed and blew them right up into the trees.

"Aahhhh!" they would scream with delight, as Paul scooped them up in his hands, throwing them round and around.

 ********************************

 

Imagine how Paul could help the family travel to Minnesota.

Think about what has happened in this part of the story to help you.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to two marks for answers that are written in sentences and refer to the text.
For example:
Paul could help his family move by carrying everything they need to the new house. He could also carry them along as well, just as he carried his friends home from school.
  • Question 5

Next:

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So Paul put his parents on one shoulder and the luggage on the other, and took three long steps. They had arrived! 

That winter it was a long, long winter. The snow blew and the wind blew, longer and colder that it had ever blown. The snow was so deep it went an icy blue. Paul was often out looking for wood so his family could keep warm. One day, he was out rubbing two trees together to make a great warm fire, when he heard a loud mooing noise whistle past his large ears.

"MOOOOOOoooooo, MMMOOOOOoooo, MMMMMOOOOooo," Paul heard.

He thought it might be the wind playing tricks on him, but as he searched around for another tree, he tripped over something sticking out of the thick snow. It was a long curved horn. Paul reached down, and gently tweaked the horn with his finger. The horn moved and wiggled, then another horn appeared. The creature, whatever it was, wriggled and shook and grew and grew until standing nearly waist high to Paul.

 

******************************** 

What do you think the creature could be?

Why?

Think about the clues that are in the story.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to two marks for answers that are written in sentences and refer to the text.
For example:
I think the creature could be a reindeer as they live in snowy areas and have things like horns on their head, that Paul might have tripped over.
  • Question 6

Next:

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It was a ginormous ox!

Aahh, you poor thing," Paul boomed. He was only able to boom you see, no whispering for Paul Bunyan.

"MMOOOOOOOOOOO," mooed the Ox.

From that day forward, they were great friends. Great in size, as well as in friendship.

Paul grew older and finally the day came when he left home to become a lumberjack, taking Babe with him. Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan were so proud that Paul had a job that suited him so well. His strength and size would really help him.

********************************

What is a lumberjack? 

You can use a dictionary to find the answer and write it in your own words. 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award one mark for the correct answer:
The dictionary says that a lumberjack is a person who fells trees, cuts them into logs, or transports them to a sawmill.
  • Question 7

Next:

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Paul and Babe were really happy being lumberjacks. Their strength and size meant that they could clear great areas of trees quickly, ready for building of cities and highways. Paul felled the trees with his enormous axe and Babe helped pull the timber to where it was needed. They worked hard all day long, helping the other lumberjacks as best they could. But there was a problem. To get the wood from place to place, the lumberjacks used the river, pushing the logs along it until they came to their yard. But, because the river was curved, the logs kept getting stuck. The logs would pile up on the bends, crashing this way and that and stopping more logs drifting along. Elmer, the owner of the yard, came to Paul and Babe for help.

********************************

 

How do you think Paul and Babe could help Elmer with the curvy river?

 

Think of an imaginative answer and write it in the text box below in full sentences.  

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to two marks for answers that are written in sentences and are imaginative in their response.
For example:
I think Paul and Babe could stretch the river out so it was straight and the logs would not get stuck anymore.
  • Question 8

Nearly the end:

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But it wasn't all work and no play. Sometimes Paul and Babe went off on their own and just had fun, like they used to! In fact one day, they were out on the plains, dragging their axes around watching the shapes they made, and they dug some craters so big, you can can still see them today. Now they are called The Grand Canyon.

 ********************************

 

Which new machines were taking over Paul and Babe's jobs?

Tick all the answers you think.

CORRECT ANSWER
Electric saws
Trains
EDDIE SAYS
Electric saws were replacing axes in cutting down trees and trains were replacing Babe's job of moving the timber from place to place.
  • Question 9

Finally:

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Paul and Babe decided to travel up to Alaska, where there are many glaciers, volcanoes, lakes and oil and gas reservoirs. Alaska is so far north that some areas have 24 hours darkness, and some 24 hours daylight.

********************************

 

Use your knowledge of Paul and Babe to write the final part of the legend. 

What jobs did they do?

Where did they live?

Remember to make it exciting!

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to four marks for an imaginative ending that refers to the text, for example:
Paul and Babe were really happy living in Alaska. They loved sliding down the glaciers and scoring goals in the volcanoes. They discovered that Babe was really good at swimming - she could swim to the bottom of the ocean in one breath! When there were whole days of darkness, Paul and Babe help put up a thousand lightbulbs on a very long string so that everyone could see again, and when there were whole days of sun, they would stand and shade everyone from the light so they could sleep. Best of all though, they loved to play hopscotch using all the lakes from Alaska to Minnesota. At the end they would land in a heap by Ma and Pa Bunyan's cottage, and stay for a cake or two!
  • Question 10

The story of Paul Bunyan is a legend from the United States of America (USA).

 

Tick all the reasons why you think it is a legend.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The story is based on real characters or events.
The story is exciting as anything seems possible.
The story has been added to and exaggerated over time.
The story can explain the history of a place or person.
EDDIE SAYS
The legend of Paul Bunyan is based upon the life story of a man called Paul Bunyan who lived in a place called Maine and was a lumberjack. But it has been richly exaggerated over time to make it more exciting and fun. People love to listen to 'tall' stories!
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