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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Easy Steps to Teach Fairy Tales

“Once upon a time...and they lived happily ever after.” It’s time to finish up another year of reading workshop! And that is just what Unit 9, A Fair Tale Ending, is all about!
I am still finishing up the last minute touches on the I Teach K and the Common Core Academy, I haven’t been on my facebook, it’s been too long since I did a blog post, my yard is a mess, my house is only clean because I have a fabulous housekeeper…..but it has all been way worth it! I have been having so much fun being a “Gam”! I am out of this world in love with this little guy! It is hard to believe that a month has come and gone. I might be pretty partial, but I think he must be the best, cutest baby ever! He hardly ever cries and is already showing a sweet personality! I am one blessed Gam to have him, and his parents of course, living with me and his Pops! I get him any time I want him, which is quite a bit (except at night! Winking smile) But, I finally set down this week to get some work done. No snuggles until I finished at least one thing! So what is done? UNIT 9 for Reader’s Workshop. Thanks to everyone for being so patient, as we know babies can’t wait!

Reader’s Workshop Unit 9-A Fairy Tale Ending

 Michele and I had so much fun planning this unit.  This unit of study focuses on the fairy tale genre while reviewing characters, settings, retelling, beginning, middle, end, problem and solution and introducing the element of magic. This unit is structured so that students are learning about a particular element of fairy tales and then using that element to retell fairy tale stories. Because retelling is such a difficult skill for our youngest readers, it will be beneficial for the students to have multiple opportunities to practice retelling.
We broke the unit down into four weeks:
*Week one- Introducing fairy tales and their elements/ retelling
*Week two- Fairy tale elements & retelling
*Week three- Fairy tale elements & retelling
*Week four- Fairy tales and folktales/end of unit celebration (Reader’s theater)
What a fun way to finish up the unit with a reader's theater for Jack and the Beanstalk.

These lessons will have your little fairies magically ending up a wonderful year!
Here are some slides from the pack….
Slide2
There is a great anchor chart to use to help remind the kids of the important elements in a fairy tale.
There is also a fun craftivity where the kids make this castle. Then, on the inside, they sort characters-good characters and evil characters.
Slide3
We made a chart where we listed each fairy tale as we read them. We added the elements for each story.  The kids had fun making this fairy tale dog where we sequenced the story.
Slide4
We did a reader's theater of Jack and the Beanstalk. I made them a bookmark of the elements of a fairy tale. The kids can keep that with them while they are ready to remind them of the elements they are looking for.  We also made sorting cards for each of the elements of a fairy tale.
This unit contains an overview of the month, a monthly spreadsheet, a suggested book list, a weekly overview and prep sheet for each of the 4 weeks, 20 mini lessons written in ready to use lesson plan form, 1 anchor chart1 with all the pieces made and ready to reproduce, 1 circle organizer, a tree map to organize text features, a set of character cards, a set of settings cards, a set of magic cards, a multi flow map for problem and solution (student and teacher versions), a reader’s theater script for Jack and the Beanstalk, character bibs for Jack and the Beanstalk, retelling pieces for Jack and the Beanstalk (student and teacher versions), two craftivities...one for sorting characters and settings and another for beginning, middle, end, and a book mark of features for retelling (student and teacher versions).
Now back to some more snuggle time…..
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10 comments:

Kris said...

Your new addition is adorable. good luck with your projects and Thank You!

Sarah Cooley said...

He is absolutely precious!!! I know y'all are just snuggling him like crazy! :).

Katie said...

Love the pictures of your precious one! He looks about the size of mine (2 months but was 5 weeks early). I am impressed with all the work you are getting done with that cute one around!

Kim and Megan said...

The link to Unit 9 on TpT: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Readers-Workshop-Unit-9-A-Fairy-Tale-Ending-746939

Kim and Megan said...

Bundle 3: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Readers-Workshop-Bundle-3-by-Kim-Adsit-and-Michele-Scannell-746995

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I am so excited about this unit! Never seize to amaze me!! So glad you're getting to spend lots of time being "Gam!" {LOVE that name BTW}!!

:)
Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal

Reagan Tunstall said...

oh my goodness. You should have heard the cooing gushing baby noises that came out of me when I saw that little collage at the top! Too cute!!!

The Convenient Teacher said...

How precious he is. My boys are grown and I am only wishing for grandchildren...(sigh). Congrats to you both...mom and grandmom.

Nicole Baranov said...

So excited about this unit!!! I love fairy tales!!! Congrats on the grandbaby!

YvetteRomero309 said...

Omg just when I was ready to start tabbing all of the units and go purshase the plethora of poster boards, now I got to go print this unit, can't wait

 
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