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Learning about literature can be so much fun; it can also be made more accessible through projects and dramatic play. As they explore theme, character, and setting, the class gets creative and makes a dramatic recreation of a classic fairy tale. There are three activity ideas here that will enhance any literature lesson on theme. In activity one, they create puppets and put on a fairy tale adaptation play. In activity two, they change the setting of a classic fairy tale to modern times, and in the third activity, they compare and contrast two similar fairy tales from different countries. These activities would work on their own, as a part of a unit, or as a differentiated learning option for advanced students.
Altering the ending of a famous fairy tale is a really fun way for kids to experience creative writing. The lesson here has them do just that! Learners listen to the famous fairy tale, "The Twelve Brothers," and change the ending of the tale any way they want. Pupils share their endings with each other, then illustrate the ending. Even with a class of 25 pupils, you'll be amazed at how each child will come up with a different way for the fairy tale to end.
Students listen to children's fairy tales and watch them on a video. Afterward, they list the heroes from each story. Students write a short paragraph about a typical day for the hero. Students dress up like their character and give a presentation about their hero. Many cross-curricular activities are listed.
Reading and writing go hand in hand as learners explore point of view and story retell. They listen to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Sczieska, then brainstorm ideas for other "twisted" fairy tales. Learners rewrite their favorite fairy tales using a new or different point of view.
Through reading and writing, learners explore common elements found in fairy tales. After discussing traditional fairy tales, class members listen to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by John Scieszka, a hilarious retelling of the classic tale from the point of view of the wolf. Young writers then compose their own fractured fairy tale, including fairy tale elements and their own twist on a common story! A list of assessment questions is provided to help guide your writers.
Is trickery ever justified? Is it okay to steal from someone who has stolen from you? Puss, from Puss in Boots, and Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, might have some ideas about these ethical questions. After listening to a series of fairy tales, pupils take a stand on ethical questions raised by the stories and compose a brief response using a graphic organizer to provide support.
Learners define and identify typical characteristics in a fairy tale using terms such as character, setting, illustrations, and plot. They familiarize themselves with different versions of fairy tales. Help your class recognize the traits that make fairy tales universal.
Fracture some fairy tales! After brainstorming and storytelling, class members work together to create a class fractured fairy tale. Then, they compose their own fractured fairy tale by writing a new fairy tale or adding in surprises to a traditional fairy tale. Learners illustrate their work, which can be placed in the class library for later reading. As an extension pupils can perform their fractured fairy tale as a play for the class.
Young scholars read and study myths, folktales, folklore, and fairy tales of different cultures through history. They use web tools to conduct research about different cultures and to write and publish an original folktale. they share their folktale with class members using appropriate fluency skills
Pupils listen to stories read aloud from Russian fairy tales and create illustrations to re-tell the stories with visual images. They work in groups to analyze the themes and motifs of the fairy tales. Then they compare and contrast the stories with European fairy tale versions using a Venn diagram.
Sixth graders explore the elements of fairy tales. In this fairy tales lesson, 6th graders analyze several versions of Cinderella from around the world. Students graph fairy tale elements using Excel and create Venn diagrams comparing and contrasting each country. Students then write their own fairy tale.
Introduce the concept of myths to your class. Using the link to "Myths Around the World," read a story aloud and have learners list characteristics of a myth. Readers then choose their own myths from the site and work in groups to answer questions about each legend. Finally, scholars write their own myths. The resource includes several lessons in a small unit.
Introduce your class to the elements of a fairy tale with this lesson. Learners explore the characteristics of fairy tales through reading and writing. The writing assignment is done using StoryBook Weaver, on which the pupils compose their own fairy tales. More detailed instructions and materials are included in the attachment at the bottom of the web page. If you do not have access to StoryBook Weaver, consider having pupils write out their work or use an alternate program.