If you follow me on social media, you know I love books. I love to mail boxes of books to teachers that follow my Facebook page. I love to read books to children and read books in my free time. My house looks like I could open a book store. Can you relate?
Fairy tales is my favorite genre to read to students. These books can be read at any time of the school year. Before you begin a fairy tale unit, set up a table or center with a few objects like the ones in the picture above. I’m sure your students will spot it as soon as they walk in your classroom. Tell your class the objects are clues about the new unit they will begin studying. Ask them to look at the objects to see if they can figure out the objects have in common. What is the theme? This is a great way to build interest in a unit and an easy inquiry lesson. You will hear your students brainstorming with each other if you wait until later in the day to introduce the new unit.
Through the years, I read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka during the first week of school to my students. It is the perfect story to share before discussing conflict resolution, tattling, and other behavior expectations. It is helpful to share this story at the beginning of the year before one of your students want to report an issue. You can remind your student that just like Alexander T. Wolf and the 3 pigs had different points of view, you need to hear both points of view.
Three Billy Goats Gruff is a fun story to act out. Give your students some materials to construct their own bridge. Let them draw and write about their construction in their journals. It might inspire their future career path.
Beanie babies can be a classroom management tools when you are reading a fairy tale. Give a beanie baby to a student that is a good listener. After you read a few pages, let the student pass the beanie baby to another good listener.
Integrate this story with the following lessons:
- Word family: -ig
- Farm unit
- Skip counting: by 3’s
Read*Color*Write and Read*Draw*Write printables can be used as reading comprehension quick checks. You can read the feedbacks from other files with this format to see why busy teachers love these.