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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.
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.
Students analyze the works and themes in fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. In this fairy tale lesson, students read and analyze the stories of Hans Christian Andersen with a focus on their characters and themes. Students 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 activity includes an extensive activities list.
Fairy Tales are the focus of this language arts lesson. First, 3rd graders come up with True or False statements regarding familiar Fairy Tales. Then, students are put into groups and go to the computer lab, where they perform research on one Fairy Tale. Once back in the classroom, students decide if their initial responses to the True and False questions were correct or not. An inventive lesson!
Sixth graders explore the elements of fairy tales. In this fairy tales instructional activity, 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.
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
First graders put on puppet show and retell fairy tales.
Students explore fairy tales. In this fairy tales lesson, students analyze the main idea of a fairy tale and interpret it. Students then re-write the story from the point of view of another character or object in the story.
Learners read an old fairy tale and list geographical features and characters. They think about how the story might be updated to reflect their own modern setting and culture. They conclude by performing an updated version of the story.
Third graders review common fairy tales and work in teams to rewrite the fairy tales as news articles. They answer questions using the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when, why). Student articles include eye-catching headlines.