We just completed our fairy tale unit this week. We studied a variety of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales and learned quite a lot about the story structure of fairy tales.
By far, our two favorite stories are "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf" by Jon Scieszka and "The Three Little Wolves and the Big, Bad Pig" by Eugene Trivizas. The kids asked every day to hear them again.
I love to introduce the "Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch. It is such a wonderful story and has an underlying message about the strength and empowerment of women. I dress as Princess Elizabeth to share the story.
After reading a variety of stories and discussing the story elements, we decided to write our own fairy tale using what we'd learned. Here's the finished tale:
I found these fun little fairy tale shapes that expand in the water. I get these often (other brands) and the kids usually have a lot of fun predicting how big they will get and playing with them once they have swelled.A Frog and The Princess: A Story of FriendshipOnce upon a time, a beautiful princess lived in a castle far away. The princess was named Ariel. One day, a frog came to visit the castle. The frog and the princess were special friends. Princess Ariel made the frog a promise. The king told Ariel to keep her promise to the frog. Cinderella came to visit in the wagon with a bunch of stuff like: a pumpkin, a bookbag, and a napkin. They had a big party. The frog ate cake. All the friends lived happily ever after in the castle.The End
This particular type was a bust and turned to thin paper-like mush in the water within a few minutes. There was no discernible shape.
Our culminating activity was a storybook parade. We dressed as our favorite storybook characters and paraded around the school.