Reading Comprehension - Legends

Free printable traditional legends and informational texts from the Native American and Indigenous People cultures. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. Recommended level: 3rd or 4th Grade and up

Why Bear Has a Short Tail

A Native American Iroquois Legend

Back in the old days, Bear had a long tail like Fox. Since Fox likes to fool others, he decided to play a trick on Bear.

One day Fox was carrying a long string of fish that he had stolen. When Bear saw Fox, he asked, "Where did you get those fine fish? They look delicious."

"I went fishing and caught them," said Fox. "Do you want me to show you how to fish?"

Bear had never fished before. He had only had fish that others had given him. He loved fish and wanted to learn how to catch them.

Fox took Bear to the cold icy lake and said, "Cut a hole in the ice and stick your tail in the hole. Soon the fish will begin to bite. When you can't stand the cold any longer, pull out your tail and it will be covered with fish. The longer you leave your tail in the water, the more fish you will catch."

Bear did exactly what Fox told him to do. He left his tail in the freezing lake a very, very long time. It was a long enough time for the ice to freeze around Bear's tail. When he finally pulled his tail out, most of it stayed stuck in the ice. And that is why bears today have short tails.


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How many fish did Bear catch?
0
2
6
0 Where did Fox get all the fish?
He caught them.
They were given to him.
He stole them.
He stole them. How did Bear usually get fish?
They were given to him.
He went fishing and caught them.
He stole them from Fox.
They were given to him. How did Bear lose his long tail?
Fox cut it off.
It froze and broke off in the lake.
A fish bit it off.
It froze and broke off in the lake. How long was Bear supposed to leave his tail in the icy lake?
until the sun went down
until he couldn't stand the cold any longer
until he felt a fish bite
until he couldn't stand the cold any longer What did Fox tell Bear to do to catch fish?
Use a long stick as a fishing pole.
Scoop out fish from the lake with his paws.
Stick his tail in the lake and wait for lots of fish to bite.
Stick his tail in the lake and wait for the fish to bite.

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