Hans Christian Andersen Teacher Resources
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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.
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 write descriptions and create portraits of characters from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen using a variety of media.
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 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.
In this comprehension crossword worksheet, students complete 2 crossword puzzles. Students read an informative paragraph about Hans Christian Anderson and 8 clues. Students fit their answers in a crossword puzzle. Students do the same with a paragraph about Greek actors. There are no word banks.
Enrich a primary grade unit on fairy tales with this printable version of the classic story "The Princess and the Pea." With a simple story structure and a blend of short and long sentences, this is a great resource for developing the fluency of emergent readers.
New Review Folk and Fairy Tale Readers: The Nightingale
Engage emergent readers in a literature unit on fairy tales with this printable version of "The Nightingale." Including dialogue, multisyllabic words, and up to five lines of text on a page, this book is ideal for developing the reading fluency of second and third grade students.
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson plan 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.
New Review Voices In the Park
Explore the impact a narrator's point of view has on a story with a reading of the children's book Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. Written in four different voices, the story is told and retold from different perspectives to demonstrate how it changes depending on who's telling the tale. Through a series of whole class and small group activities, young scholars explore the development of each character by analyzing their actions, thoughts, and spoken words. Appropriate for a wide range of grade levels, this lesson provides an excellent opportunity for teaching about a number of different topics related to narrative writing.
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.
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.
For 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.