Hans Christian Andersen Teacher Resources
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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.
Reading the original Hans Christian Andersen tale of “The Little Mermaid” and viewing the Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from the San Francisco Ballet video offers class members an opportunity to consider how artistic decisions made by an author impact influence interpretation. Interviews with John Neumeier, the choreographer for the ballet and Lera Auebach, the composer, give insight into their artistic vision and inspiration. The included discussion questions and learning activities help groups prepare their own adaptations of a well-known fairy tale.
Students study the 19th century author who created wonderful tales, and hear and read the original texts of several of his stories. The colorful characters, strong emotions, and engaging language of Andersen's tales offer rich experiences for them.
Hans Christian Andersen was a spinner of fine tales that have been read and retold to countless generations of children.
Students examine the life of Hans Christian Anderson and read the original text of several of his stories. They explore various websites, identify character traits, participate in a skit, write a book review, and create a mock ad for invisible clothing.
Honor Hans Christian Andersen while encouraging young readers with enjoyable projects and activities.
Celebrate International Children's Book Day using this resource. Learners complete activities, such as reading a passage, sequencing, unscrambling sentences, writing questions, conducting surveys, and writing. Students complete twelve activities related to International Children's Book Day.
Students study music composition. In this musical comparisons lesson, kids make connections between music and characters in the The Nightingale. Students read fairy tales and select characters to be represented by their musical compositions.
Students write descriptions and create portraits of characters from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen using a variety of media.
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book. Starting with background information about Scott O'Dell and his writing of the story, this guide moves on to provide a plot summary, character and setting descriptions, key vocabulary, important themes, and chapter related guiding questions. Also included are potential writing topics and extension activities, making this a complete resource for teaching this story. Consider reading this historical fiction novel as the class is learning about Native American cultures to allow for interdisciplinary connections.
Here is a resource that was originally written as an enrichment guide for the stage adaptations of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to School. It is absolutely full of fun activities that will inspire your young readers. Included are instructions for baking, art, math, literacy, and vocabulary activities that will bring each of these two great books to life. The resource provides a story synopsis for each book, worksheets, and questions for parents of very young children.
Here is a lesson designed to be an ongoing task for the entire year. Each day of the week, learners must perform research to answer a simple historical question. This particular lesson covers the month of April, but the template presented could be reproduced for each month of the school year. There is an answer key provided.
Students study the epic poem of the Ramayana to identify the main characters. They examine the poem as it teaches proper behavior through the actions of Rama and Sita as the complete guiding questions. They recognize the elements of the Epic Hero Cycle in the poem and complete an associated worksheet.
Students study the basic principles of electric motors and explore everyday uses. They build a working model of an electric motor for classroom use, using an inexpensive kit. Then, they work as an "engineering" team to determine the changes they would need to make to the motor to adapt it to power a hairdryer.
Young readers use graphic organizers, such as Venn diagrams and story maps, to analyze a variety of folktales and the elements of a story. They use writing, sequencing activities, and creative art to identify the morals learned from a read aloud. This is a unit with at least eight lessons, and handouts are included.
Primary readers investigate several comprehension skills in the ten lessons of this unit. Forming opinions about stories, comparing stories to each other, using Venn Diagrams, and applying the ideas from a story to real life situations constitute the main thrust. They will be able to recall, explain, and identify main details. Furthermore, they will identify parts of a story. Various familiar fiction pieces are recommended along with nonfiction.
Fifth graders are introduced to opera, its vocabulary, definitions and are given an opportunity to listen to an opera sung by children. They identify phrases and events in the story, "The Emperor's New Clothes." Each student creates a movement to go along with a phrase or event from the story.
In this Internet fact hunt worksheet, students access the "Fact Monster" web site in order to find the answers to 5 multiple choice questions. They answer questions that include topics from science, social studies, and literature.
In this Internet fact hunt activity, students access the "Fact Monster" web site to find the answers to 5 multiple choice questions. They answer science, history, and geography questions.
In this online interactive philosophy quiz worksheet, students respond to 23 multiple choice questions about Kierkegaard's Trembling. Students may submit their answers to be scored.