Thematic Thursday Features Fairy Tales

Thematic Thursday is a weekly teacher linky party focused on the sharing of ideas for a different theme each week. This week's theme is Fairy Tales and Fractured Fairy Tales, and bloggers are asked to share their favorite books and activities to teach and enjoy them. Feel free to link up your blog post and intended grade level for the resources and ideas you share. You may post links to your free products that fit the theme of the week.  

Fairy Tales Pinterest Board
Follow Comprehension's board Fairy Tales and Fractured Tales on Pinterest.
Book Suggestions for Fairy Tales

When teaching fairy tales, my favorite book options are the variations of common fairy tales such as Cinderella and the Three Little Pigs. The variations work well for comparing characters across texts. By using multiple versions, students learn the characteristics of a fairy tale quickly.  With Cinderella, I love The Rough Face Girl by Rafe Martin, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe, and The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo.
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For a little local flare, I try to include Appalachian versions if I can get a hold of them.  Our librarian has Sootface and Ashpet, and I just came across Smoky Mountain Rose, although I haven't used it yet.
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Along with variations of fairy tales, teachers and students also enjoy fractured fairy tales. [This list] from Read, Write, Think offers lots of options for teachers.  Seriously, what kid wouldn't want to read Bigfoot Cinderella or The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales? I discovered Colin McNaughton's books about a year, and I used them with a tutoring student. They are so much fun. Preston Pig is just bumbling along and becomes part of the fairy tale stories. My student enjoyed them so much that she'd end up laughing out loud. (I just love that. Don't you?)  If you are interested in the units I have for these books, just click the image below.

Fun Activities from TPT
Fairy Tale Unit to Teach the Common Core Standards - 25 AcThis unit by Jamie Rector is not a freebie, but it is thorough and minimally priced at $4.00. I love the variety of book options she's chosen and that is includes the writing component as well. It offers organizers customized to each book too.  

Fairy Tale Craftivities {FREEBIE}Is this adorable or what?? I just love craftivities, and this will surely be fun for your little people...and it's free!  

The Pigs and Wolf Have Different Points of View!
Teaching point of view will be easy with this cute set from Primary Graffitti. It includes four lessons for your little people.

Fractured Fairy Tale Graphic OrganizersFinally, I love having materials ready to print and go.  These fairy tale organizers can be used with any book.  Free from Nicole Walters.

Fairy Tale Teaching Ideas
There were so many adorable ideas for fairy tales on Pinterest, and I just have to highlight a few I love.  [This blog post] features a Fairy Tale Theme night for parental involvement.  Rooms were decorated by fairy tale and activities featuring that fairy tale were set up for kids and parents to complete (I'm assuming here from the pictures). How fun!!  I also loved the recycle castle project. With it being Earth Day today, wouldn't this be a great follow up? You could also tie in math with that project with the 3-dimensional shapes.  For other fun options, definitely check out the Pinterest board I have going above.
Video Resources about Fairy Tales

What are your favorite ways to teach fairy tales?  I'd love to hear your comments...any comments really. Of course, I'd also love you to link up this week too, so head on down below and let me know what you think. Now, I'm off to enjoy a little spring weather while I take our dog for a walk. Until next time...happy reading!
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  1. Thank you so much for all of this! I'm doing my formal observation on writing fairy tales and now I'm feeling much more confident!


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