Fairy Tales: Resources for Teaching the Genre
Guide students through a fairy-tale genre study. By immersing themselves in the genre, students will determine why people tell such magical tales!
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Presents a comparative study of traditional fairy tales versus fractured fairy tales in which students identify and practice writing in different genres. They even create their own pop up books!
A rhyming retelling of Cinderella, the story of a young woman who finds her prince at a Halloween ball despite the efforts of her wicked stepmother. The main characters are skeletons.
Read a brief excerpt of Mary Pope Osborne's lively retelling of the classic fairy tale.
Find folk tales and legends from all over the world in this book list for grades PreK-5.
These books for middle- and high-school students put a new spin on fairy tales and legends.
Compare the popular fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood to a similar Chinese tale, Lon Po Po.
Students compile all their writing responses to fractured fairy tales and apply them towards making their own pop-up books.
Fairy-tale themed activities involving reading, identifying story elements, acting out stories, writing poetry and rhyming chants, finding synonyms, and playing a card game.
Students will enjoy a picture book before playing an interactive rhyming game.
Students respond to the fractured fairy tale Bubba the Cowboy Prince with this lesson requiring the class to create wedding invitations and thank you notes.
Students compare and contrast fractured fairy tales with this lesson plan that includes writing a letter of complaint in response to The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.
Children let their imaginations fly as they create homes for fairytale characters while developing literacy, language, and problem-solving concepts. A ready-to-use teaching idea for four- and five-year olds.
The Fairytale Cake a fun combination of various fairy tales. Students love finding the different characters in the book and then trying to recreate them on their cake.
Students learn about fractured fairy tales through a multi-step literary response to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka.
Students write ad copy and a resume in response to the fractured fairy tale, The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka.
Get more from the experience of reading Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, with these 14 questions.
Have students write their own version of a fairy tale; draw a scene of the creatures from the book; and try living like Ella, then share the experience.
Students compare and contrast the classic fairy tale Cinderella with its modern version, Ella Enchanted.
Literature circle questions and suggested answers for Margaret Peterson Haddix's Just Ella.
Have students draw a picture of a character from Margaret Peterson Haddix's book, Just Ella. Plus, have them pose as Ella and write a letter in her voice.
Three engaging learning activities to follow reading The Fairy-Tale Detective, Michael Buckley's first installment of the Sisters Grimm series.
Questions and suggested answers about The Fairy-Tale Detectives' Sabrina and Daphne and their adventures
Literature circle questions and suggestions for the book by Michael Buckley
Writing activities to follow the story of Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, who begin to unravel the mystery surrounding the murder of a teacher at their elementary school, and find themselves battling against monstrous fairy-tale characters.
A guide to using John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters in class.
Students write diary entries as if they were Little Red Riding Hood from James Marshall's book.
Students respond to James Marshall's playful retelling of the classic fairy tale.
Students compare and contrast traditional fairy tales with fractured stories, and write personal narratives, all with an eye for author purpose.
I use Mr. Wolf's Pancakes as part of a unit on "fractured fairy tales." Students love the humor and enjoy this goofy take on "The Little Red Hen."
Two hands-on activities to extend the story of the three bears and their friend, Goldilocks
I use The Princess and the Pizza as part of a unit on "fractured fairy tales." Students enjoy hearing about the other related tales as they crop up in this book. Students love taking on different roles, and the costumes and scenery that accompany it.
Two learning activities that extend the classic story of how a young vagabond gets an old lady to feed him by making soup from a stone.
Children will make connections between references to fairy tale characters presented in Beware of the Storybook Wolves, and they will create their own fractured fairy tale.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the fairy tale genre by reading fractured fairy tale versions of familiar tales like Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and The Frog Principal by Stephanie Calmenson.
Get this fairy tale unit to teach primary school children insights universal themes shared by different cultures.