As we return from our winter break, we are at the beginning of a new semester and at the beginning of a long cold winter ahead. My active students need something to spark their interest while they continue to learn and grow. Implementing the study of fairy tales is a great way to activate their imagination as a part of our reading and writing unit and throughout this unit students will explore a variety of fairy tale books. I have intentionally selected tales they may not be familiar with , staying away from anything that has been made into a Disney movie. I want the students to learn about the elements needed to make a fairy tale and tap into their imagination to create the magic and mystery that goes along with all fairy tales. A couple days of pure exploration to allow then to inquire and share the books before we begin our “official work” on learning about the elements needed to create a fairy tale.
Magic wands and tiaras are necessary to fully explore these tales as well as sand trays to be filled with (fairy dust) that will help add more multi-sensory components to our lessons while practicing various sight and vocabulary words.
The final project for this unit will be for students to write their own fairy tale to demonstrate their writing ability as well as creating the story structure needed. I know the students in my class and as excited as I am about this unit, using their imagination and having a little bit of freedom to create will cause a lot of anxiety but with a lot of planning and mini-lessons to ease those fears I can’t wait to see the final products. During my break from school, I found these adorable puffy and glittery stickers for students to use as they create and illustrate their fairy tales.