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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Story Spoons


Need a fabulous resource for retelling Fairy Tales? I have two words for you - Story Spoons. Not sure you can make them yourself? Believe me, if I can do it, so can you! And it's fairly inexpensive, too. Win, win! Now, I am not calling this a tutorial; it is more like a cheer-on post. Seriously, if you are at all thinking of creating Story Spoons, Go For It – YOU CAN DO IT! 


Buy spoons, paint, paintbrush, and varnish/sealer.

I looked at Dollar General for wooden spoons, but they had NONE, Zip, Zero, Nada. Who would have thunk it? So, I traveled on to Walmart. Bingo! Found a perfect set of 3 spoons and this rectangular spoon thingy. (I'm sure it has a culinary name.) Perfect set of spoons for making my The Three Billy Goats Gruff – 3 goats, 1 troll. And the price? $0.88. Can't beat that! ~ $0.22 per spoon/rectangular thingy. Sweet!

I also bought paintbrushes, paint: 3 shades of brown for the three sizes of goats and a pukey green for the troll, and varnish/sealer. I went ahead a purchased the brand name. Unbelievable, I know, especially with how cheap frugal I am. 


I already had the other supplies needed: scissors, construction/colored paper, and Sharpies.
 

So, here we go: grab a spoon and paint. Cover the handle, let dry on a piece of parchment paper and grab another spoon. Once the handles are dry to the touch (around 1 hour), paint the spoon part of the spoons. Let dry on parchment paper. 


The initial fear of putting paint onto the spoons is over, you are free to have fun. Decorate the faces. I am in NO way an artist, so I kept things simple. I penciled in guidelines, too.  I told you, I do not have an artistic bone in my body!


 Have fun, be creative. If you mess up, grab the paint and start fresh again. No biggie. I used both paint and sharpies on my faces. 

Once all paint is totally dry, cover spoons with the Mod Podge. Do not freak out like I did when the sealer goes on as a white paste – it dries clear. Whew!


Okay, I am really hoping this doesn't happen to you, but when I came back to check on my drying sealer, I noticed the troll's teeth and the big Billy Goat's beard paint had run. Yikes!
 

Don't panic. Okay, well, panic a little then just let sealer dry totally and repaint the spoon around the facial features. Only you will be able to tell something went amiss. In fact, the troll looks better with uneven, blotchy skin.
 

For the horns and ears, just cut out those shapes from colored construction paper or color white paper and glue onto the spoons. 
Ta Dah! You now have lovely Story Spoons for The Three Billy Goats Gruff. It didn't take long, it was inexpensive, and YOU did it! Yay for you!


Hey, if you need printables to accompany your Fairy Tale unit, check out my Three Billy Goats Gruff Activities Packet HERE.

Or if you need other Fairy Tale Units, check those out HERE.


As always . . . HAPPY TEACHING!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fairy Tales


 
Once upon a time . . .



four powerful words that trigger excitement and stir imaginations.

 
In fairy tales, anything can happen and children learn to think beyond expected boundaries. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Frog-Prince-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818036


 

Fairy tales introduce unknown cultures and customs to children.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sleeping-Beauty-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818278


 
Poor decisions can have negative consequences through fairy tales. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Goldilocks-and-the-Three-Bears-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-and-More-1439853


 


Conflict and hardship must be overcome.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Little-Red-Riding-Hood-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Printables-and-More-818130


 
And at the end of the fairy tale, resolution — all things are set right. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ugly-Duckling-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818072




Fairy tales follow a clear beginning (Once upon a time…),
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cinderella-Fairy-Tale-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818113


middle (problem),
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rapunzel-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818136


and an end (. . . happily ever after).
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Elves-and-the-Shoemaker-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-and-More-818148


Understanding story structure helps children learn how to tell a story and develops their critical thinking and comprehension skills.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fairy-Tales-Story-Elements-Matching-Interactive-2894309

I teach Fairy Tales to foster imagination and cultural literacy; teach decisions, consequences, and morals; teach story structure; and make reading fun. My no-prep units will have students engaged and thinking critically in whole group, small group, centers or for homework! With my printables of story elements, sequencing, retelling, comprehension, graphic organizers, and vocabulary, in both color and b/w and with included answer keys, teachers can plan less and teach more. And teachers and students will live


. . . happily ever after.






(And don't forget to prep for the upcoming movie - can't wait!!)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Beauty-and-the-Beast-Fairy-Tale-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818108

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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THANKS!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Time Fairy Tale Units


Just had to post this in case someone needed quick, print and go activities for The Elves and the Shoemaker - since it is CHRISTMAS TIME!! 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Elves-and-the-Shoemaker-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-and-More-818148

37 printables ready to use – color. 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Elves-and-the-Shoemaker-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-and-More-818148
and black and white.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Elves-and-the-Shoemaker-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-and-More-818148


Plus, answer keys (which are ALWAYS a plus!). 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Elves-and-the-Shoemaker-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-and-More-818148


Aren't these elves adorable! 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Elves-and-the-Shoemaker-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-and-More-818148


I guess I need to post The Gingerbread Man Unit, too. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Gingerbread-Man-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818041
Another fun unit study at CHRISTMAS TIME! 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Gingerbread-Man-Fairy-Tales-Worksheets-Activities-Games-Printables-and-More-818041
Run, run, as fast as you can!




Monday, November 28, 2016

Fairy Tales Story Elements Matching Interactive


So much fun using fairy tales to learn story elements – setting, characters, problem, and solution. And 23 fairy tales for the low price of $4? WOW!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fairy-Tales-Story-Elements-Matching-Interactive-2894309



Used as a group activity, students are given a story element card of a fairytale and asked to find others belonging in his/her group.
Characters


Setting

Problem
Solution







The activity can be completed as an individual activity, small group, or a whole group lesson.

Also included are heading cards for Character, Setting, Problem and Solution that students can use to sort the story element cards.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fairy-Tales-Story-Elements-Matching-Interactive-2894309
And a recording sheet is included for students to record the beginning, middle, and end of their fairy tale along with their favorite part of the story!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fairy-Tales-Story-Elements-Matching-Interactive-2894309

 And they all lived Happily Ever After!!!




Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Ugly Duckling

Den Grimme Alling, one of Hans Christian Andersen’s original Dutch fairy tales, was first published in 1843. Initially titled "The Young Swans", Andersen changed the title to “The Ugly Duckling” so as to not give away the surprise ending.

The Ugly Duckling can be used in the classroom to teach:

Self Image: How ever you appear to others is not important.

Acceptance: Accept one another no matter how different we might appear.

Kindness to Others: Treat others with kindness no matter what they look like.

Our kiddos really enjoy The Ugly Duckling. They also enjoy the printables in our unit packet - (while I enjoy that the unit is print and go!).


We especially enjoy the Story Map:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ugly-Duckling-Unit-818072

and the Character Attributes:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ugly-Duckling-Unit-818072

the Comprehension True or False:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ugly-Duckling-Unit-818072

and students can use the Story Sequencing Cards to retell the story:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ugly-Duckling-Unit-818072

If your kiddos are into origami like our kiddos, here is a Pinterest treat for you:
http://www.marcels-kid-crafts.com/origami-swan.html

Here is an online Ugly Duckling puzzle for the kiddos to put together.

 http://www.first-school.ws/puzzlesonline/fairytales/ugly-duckling.htm


And I really hate to do this to you, since this chorus will stick in your head ALL DAY, but wow, the kids do like this song "One Egg Different From the Rest":

https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=KM_n2lKjlRQ


Oh, and I cannot forget my Ugly Duckling Count and Clip Cards:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ugly-Duckling-Count-and-Clip-Cards-902772

In fact, I am making this resource FREE for the weekend. Just click on the picture to go to my store download - YAY!

I love teaching fairy tales! I believe I will share Cinderella next (since it is pumpkin time!). There are SO many good stories, aren't there?!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thumbelina


Tommelise, one of Hans Christian Andersen’s original Dutch fairy tales, was first published in 1835. The fairy tale gained popularity in 1847 with the English translation by Mary Howitt who changed the story a bit. Her tale opens with a beggar woman, instead of a fairy, giving a peasant's wife a barleycorn in exchange for food. Once planted, a tiny girl, Thumbelina emerges from its flower.

Thumbelina can be used in the classroom to teach:

Money Cannot Buy Happiness: Thumbelina knew she could not be happy by marrying the mole even though he was very wealthy.

Good Friends are Important: Fish, butterflies, and mice help Thumbelina along her way.

We All Belong Somewhere: Thumbelina persevered many hardships to find a field of flower-fairies such as herself.

The kiddos really enjoy reading Thumbelina. They also enjoy the printables in our unit packet - (while I enjoy that the unit is print and go!).

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thumbelina-Unit-818082

We especially enjoy the Story Map:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thumbelina-Unit-818082

and the Character Attributes:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thumbelina-Unit-818082
and the Comprehension True or False:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thumbelina-Unit-818082
And students can use the Story Sequencing Cards to retell the story:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thumbelina-Unit-818082


I found a couple of neat Thumbelina craft projects on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/519251032021255880/

http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/01/thumbelina-egg-carton-craft.html


And here is an online Thumbelina puzzle for the kiddos to put together.


Oh, and I cannot forget my Thumbelina Count and Clip Cards:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thumbelina-Count-and-Clip-Cards-902784
In fact, I am making this resource FREE for the rest of this week. Just click on the picture to go to my store download - YAY!

I love teaching fairy tales! I believe I will share The Ugly Duckling next. There are SO many good stories, aren't there?!

Have a great week!