The Barefoot Teacher: fairy tales

Showing posts with label fairy tales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fairy tales. Show all posts

I LOVE teaching Fairy Tales! Today I want to share my absolute all-time favorite resources with you, as well as give you some activity ideas, some YouTube videos your kids will be sure to fall in love with, and a Little Red Hen FREEBIE (which will be at the end of the post)! 
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Fairy tales are my favorite books to read to students. I especially like to read different versions of them that allow us to compare/contrast. Have you seen the ones that are told by an unexpected character from each story. These are just some of them from the collection. But there are a lot more available too. 

Here are links to my top 5 favorites, but you can browse through all of them here.

If you really want to have your kiddos rolled up in giggles, try this one:
(Ok, I laugh just reading the title!)

My students like to create their own fairy tales and also reenact their interpretations of the well known ones. I happily noticed that they were falling in love with them just as much as I was. 

However, when they would go to the reading carpet to look at the variety of fairy books I had laid out, they were only skimming the pictures. 

I needed fairy tale books that were more at their level. 

So I ordered some from online. All kinds of them at a variety of levels. I was so excited when they arrived, but to my disappointment, for most of my students, the words were still too hard and the sentences still too long. 

I decided to create my own miniature versions of classic fairy tales (& fables & folk tales-but those are for a different time!) that are at simple levels...levels that even beginner readers could handle. 

 I bundled them together (there are 16 fairy tale readers total) so that if you're interested and want them for your classroom, you can access them all in one simple download - Fairy Tales Emergent Readers Bundle.

They are also available individually as well! They include the following stories: 


(This last one is perfect to read during your Christmas week of activities!)

When your students read these little books, have them use gel highlighters to highlight sight words that you have or are currently working on. Or blends, or whatever you want them to focus on. 

Whenever I read a Fairy Tale to my students, I like to also show them the matching YouTube channel CoolSchool's videos! They are fun, silly, and perfect for comparing and contrasting. Plus, they'll have your littles rolling on the ground in giggles!

There are many types of videos on the CoolSchool channel, but we focus most on the FairyTale (& Nursery Rhymes...but those are for a different post!) ones with Ms. Booksy, who not only narrates the story, but jumps right into the story herself...literally! 

Here are a couple of our favorite...although they all are really good:

Jack & the Beanstalk:

Little Red Riding Hood:

If you're looking for math and literacy activities to go with your Fairy Tale units, I have a few that will go with the more common ones used in classrooms. Most of the activities were made with the Common Core standards in mind.

This Goldilocks & the 3 Bears Math & Literacy Bundle includes over 100 pages of emergent readers,  vocab reinforcement, labeling activities, fact/fiction practice, counting & pattern practice, and so much more! 



Here is a Rapunzel Math & Literacy Bundle of Activities. It includes 75 pages. There is even a Spanish emergent reader included! 



Don't forget to also introduce your kiddos to Fables & Folk Tales! 
I've created fable and folk tale emergents readers, which I'll talk about some other time.

Remember that FREE DOWNLOAD I have for you? Well, it's a The Little Red Hen emergent reader! Before I send you off to download it, here are some ideas that you can use along with it. 

These craft ideas are simple and involve supplies you most likely already have! (I hate having to go out and purchase a bunch of stuff I only wind up using once a year.)

Ready for a FREEBIE?! 
You've found them! The perfect Fairy Tales Emergent Readers for your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade kids. These easy to read books will go right along with the other activities and crafts you have planned for your fairy tales unit. Plus, they are a perfect way to practice high frequency words! Plus, you can download one for FREE! #fairytale #littleredhen #fairytales #kindergarten #firstgrade #emergentreaders #fairytalesforkids #freedownload
This Little Red Hen Reader has easy to read text and includes 20 pages. Many of the pages are repetitive so that littles can experience even more success when reading! Take a peek at some of the can download it absolutely FREE using the link below!

And here's CoolSchool's matching video to go with it! (It starts at minute 17:09)

I hope you enjoy these resources as much as I do. 
May they keep your littles reading!

If you're looking for even more Fairy Tale ideas, follow my Fairy Tales Pinterest Board!

-Til next time
You've found them! The perfect Fairy Tales Emergent Readers for your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade kids. These easy to read books will go right along with the other activities and crafts you have planned for your fairy tales unit. Plus, they are a perfect way to practice high frequency words! Plus, you can download one for FREE! #fairytale #littleredhen #fairytales #kindergarten #firstgrade #emergentreaders #fairytalesforkids #freedownload

Cinderelly, Cinderelly
Night and day it's Cinderelly

"Make the fire, fix the breakfast
Wash the dishes, do the mopping!"
I'm a Classic Disney Addict. Lifelong addiction. After gathering empirical evidence, it's proven to be genetic. My children are carriers as well as other members, present and past, generations. WARNING: watching this video could cause Happiness.SIDE EFFECTS: laughter, smiles, family time and pee-your-pants-if-your-40ish....
Didn't you just love that song as a kid?
...well, perhaps not, if you're a guy reading this!

And now you're probably still singing it! Ha!

Last week our theme was 

and the kids had a blast.

We read various versions of the story.

I even found various multi-cultural versions of this fairy tale...

Kid World Citizen has a lot of tips and helps for what you can do with these various versions in your classroom. 

And you can find most of these on Amazon.

Want to teach your students about perspective
Here is a great story for that! Everyone always thinks 
Cinderella is so kind and sweet, but....

Look inside this book on Amazon!

And don't forget about the mice in Cinderella!

We tied in the mice with our color words practice. 
First, we read Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Look inside this book on Amazon.

I found squeaky-cute activity sheets to go with this book on 
First Grade...a la carte's blog.
Check out her blog here.

One of our centers used her mouse coloring activity sheet. 
It's absolutely free!

Students read the color inside of the mouse to see which crayon to use.

Download these activity sheets for your class.

Once students finished, they were able to use Play-doh 
to experiment with color mixing. 

I gave them each two small balls of play-doh. 
First they colored the circles on their sheet to show what colors they had, 
and then they mixed the play-doh to see what new color they would make. 

They filled in the last circle with the new color that was made.

You can have the Play-doh color mixing sheet I made for FREE.
Click here to download it.

At our book box center, we practiced reading the sight words 
"can" and "the
in our Cinderella Who Can You See? book.

 You can find this emergent reader in my store.


Don't forget to spend some time focusing on Prince Charming!

Have I ever shown you a picture of MY Prince Charming?

Sorry ladies! I stole the best one out there ;)

Thanks for always doing dishes, babe! 

Take some time to go over manners as you talk about characteristics of Prince Charming. There are so many resources that you can tie into this topic. 

Here's one of my favorites that I've posted about before:

You can even compare and contrast with behaviors seen in the following book:

Practice your syllable counting with these 
Cinderella Syllable Sorting cards that can go 
inside of your plastic sleeves. Or you can staple a baggie on the bottom 
of them. They come with 45 picture/word cards that can be sorted. 
Students look at the picture or read the word, clap and count how 
many syllables, and place it on the correct mat.

 Interested in this activity? Find it here.

Need Cinderella-y decorations for your classroom? 
Use these Cinderella themed Posters (made with Melonheadz clipart) with corresponding writing activity. 

Hang these posters up around your room during your Cinderella unit. 
There are two corresponding writing activity sheets that go with them so that students can practice writing words as well. 
Use this in any way you want! 

Students can walk around the room, find the pictures, and write the words on their sheet.

After using the writing activity, leave the posters up to decorate!

I had a hard time finding an easy Cinderella themed craft. 
I wanted something that boys would be interested in too...
Something not too complicated for Kindergarten. 

Here is what I finally found from The Celebration Shoppe:

Perfect! Meets a boy's interest AND it's the perfect intro into fall!

First pre-cut orange strips. (Approx. 1 1/2 in. wide)
Use short strips for shorter pumpkins, long strips for long ones.
Then cut out some green leave and cut brown pipe cleaners in half.

Have them count out and stack six strips together. Poke a brad through the top for them. Have them fan it out and then attach the bottom with a brad as well. Then let them go to town adding curly brown vines and leaves to the top.



Want them more round? Simply use shorter orange strips of paper.

To add a little pizzazz...
purchase the foam pumpkins from Target's fall/Halloween section. 
You can get 36 for only $5!

Write the names of your student in the middle with a Sharpie and then add a glittery border around it for some fall sparkle. Display them in an AB pattern in your classroom to reinforce your pattern teaching!

Perfect pumpkins!
Speaking of pumpkins...

You probably don't know this about me-but I am a pumpkin-lovin' kind of girl. 
Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie...
You name it pumpkin, and I'm there eating it!

So while I'm off searching for the closest Starbucks for my happily, ever after...

You can check out my Cinderella bundle to find 
additional activities that were not shown. 

~Til next time~
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