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Fifth graders experience fairy tales. In this "Hansel and Gretal" lesson, 5th graders read the Brothers Grimm version of the tale and listen to selections of music from an opera interpretation of the tale. Students collaborate to create an original musical version of the tale.
Students complete activities to analyze points of view in different texts. In this point of view lesson plan, students read Hansel and Gretel and The Magic Circle and discuss the points of view. Students choose a character from the story and retell the story from that characters point of view. Students evaluate the stories with a class-developed rubric.
The story Hansel and Gretel is used to build new vocabulary in context. The class reads the story together. They then focus on 2-3 new vocabulary words, using the context of the story to help define them. This lesson is fully scripted which makes it a great tool for substitutes and pre-service teachers.
Students complete several activities to learn about the German culture. In this German culture lesson, students read the 'Hansel and Gretel' story and create a paper gingerbread house. Students complete a matching game for the story. Students are introduced to some German foods using pictures and a taste test activity.
High schoolers form opinions about children and television censorship after analyzing literature. They complete a journal writing activity to identify the topic and make a list of inappropriate television shows for children. Next, they watch and analyze a video of "Hansel and Gretel." Finally, they read a Stephen King essay and write an essay about his views.
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 compare and contrast different versions of "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Gingerbread Boy". Using a software program, they color a gingerbread house design of their choice. Based on the house, they write thier own story making sure it has a beginning, middle and end.