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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.
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
Young analysts examine the lives of authors and the elements of fairy tales. They read fairy tales and articles about the lives of different authors. After reading, they decide how the author's life might have influenced his or her writing. They use charts to organize their thoughts. To close this lesson, have youngsters write their own fairy tale!
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.