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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.
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 plan 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.
Students define the concept of fairy tale and identify typical characteristics of this genre. They use illustrations as cues to retell favorite fairy tales and discuss common themes and emotions expressed in these stories.
Fairy tales can be a motivating way to introduce students to a variety of topics, including literary analysis.
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.
Students read several fairy tales of Russian origin. They brainstorm common elements of a fairy tale and identify those elements in several examples. They retell a favorite fairy tale through a skit, oral storytelling, a sketch, or a written story.
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.
Students 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
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. 
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.
Young scholars analyze the works and themes in fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. In this fairy tale lesson plan, students read and analyze the stories of Hans Christian Andersen with a focus on their characters and themes. Young scholars read The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Match Girl, and The Darning Needle. Students select their favorite character and make an illustration of them.
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.
First graders compare and contrast two different versions of the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs. They utilize a Venn diagram in order to document what is alike and different in the stories. The lesson includes an extensive activities list. 
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.
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. 
Fourth graders discuss fairy tales and how modern day society has changed the perspective in which fairy tales are told and written. In groups, they perform a play or puppet show based on a fairy tale of their choice.
Young scholars examine how story telling using literary elements found in fairy tale genre is one way to read and retell, discuss and analyze, as well as write and produce their own fairy tales.
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.
Fifth graders compare fairy tales. In this fairy tale lesson, 5th graders use improvisation games to compare the Brothers Grimm The Frog Prince to Jon Scieszka's The Frog Prince Continued.
Young readers evaluate several fairy tales and investigate their storytelling components. They discover the different aspects to telling a story, specifically fairy tales. Ultimately the students write and illustrate their very own fairy tales.