This lesson is great for students who have already been introduced to the concept of "real" and "make-believe" characters. The lesson take students through the elements that make up a fairy tale.
Grade Level: K - 1st
Subject: English/Language Arts
Length of Time: 40-50 Minutes
Common Core Alignment
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5 - Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
Objectives & Outcomes
Students will be able to identify the magical and impossible elements found in fairy tales.
- colored pencils
- construction paper
- butcher paper
- "The Three Little Pigs"
Opening to Lesson
- Connect to prior knowledge by reviewing real and make-believe characters
- Show students ten pictures of different characters from stories we have read in the class. We will play a quick game of "Real or Make-Believe"
Body of Lesson
- Make a KWL chart about fairy tales.
- Introduce the main elements of a fairy tale (fantasy story, has magic or spells, animals act like humans, once upon a time, good guys vs. bad guys, princes, princesses).
- Read the entire story, "The Three Little Pigs".
- To check for understanding, use name cards to randomly call on students to provide characteristics from fairy tale stories.
- Is this story a fairy tale? Why? Students will give reasons to support.
- Dictate comments onto a chart on the board. This will be a great way to model language and check for understanding.
- Strategically pair up students (varied skill levels).
- Students will be asked to draw a picture of a part of the story that is related to being a fairy tale.
- Advanced students could extend by writing words to describe their drawing.
- Monitor comprehension by observing the conversations and drawings. Provide immediate feedback through teacher modeling.
- Students can share their findings with the class.
- This will give an opportunity for students to teach their peers. Students will be invited to "pick" the presenter's brain by asking questions.
Assessment & Evaluation
- The activity in the “Closure” section can be used as a performance assessment. Students will be assessed on their ability to convey why they drew what they did to represent a scene from the fairy tale. This provides EL students an opportunity to convey their understanding through drawings, gestures, sounds, and physical movement.
Modification & Differentiation
- Use gestures, body language, and shorter sentences to make the lesson more comprehensible for students.
- Speak slowly, enunciate, use gestures, touch clothing items when applicable, and make references to photos to accompany speech.
- Sentence frames can be provided for English Learners.
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