Fairy Tales

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Draw a 3D scene about a favorite story or fairy tale and write a story about the scene
Grade 4-6

Since the beginning of civilization people have been storytelling.  Originally, these stories were passed from parent to child, and from person to person orally.  Later, written forms of the stories were recorded.  These well-tried tales have been passed down from generation to generation, giving us a rich understanding of many cultures, their activities, and moral situations in their societies.  The stories come in a wide variety of forms including legends, fairy tales, myths, and folk tales.  The stories use some interesting techniques (characters with powers, animals that speak like people, and hard-to-believe situations) to illustrate a point or pass on a lesson.

Preparation
The teacher should have examples of fairy tales, folk lore, myths, legends and other stories available for reference.  If time permits, different tales may be read to the students before developing scenes.  Students will need journals or paper to write stories on.

Procedure
The teacher briefly discusses fairy tales, legends, myths, and other literary forms of storytelling.  The children discuss some examples.

The class discusses the various parts of the story (plot, setting, characters, beginning, end, and morals/lesson to be taken away).

The students draw a 3D scene depicting a simple fairy tale. Journal writing is done based on the scene.


Evaluation
Students will be evaluated on written entries on their scenes.

Student understanding may be assessed through questioning and the discussion that results from the exercise.  Evaluations may be done on an individual or group basis. Questions may be asked for understanding, extrapolation of story examples in modern life, or moral/cultural lessons portrayed.


Extensions
Students will make up a simple story and tell it to others.  The listeners will then develop a scene depicting the story heard.  Students will develop questions for class discussion about the scene/story value.

Various moral values can be discussed and assigned as a story line for a scene. Students will develop the scene and write a journal entry.  Older tales and stories may be translated into today's culture and developed for discussion.

Different characters, settings, and endings for familiar stories/fairy tales can be depicted.

Scenes can be developed as a diorama for the construction of a backdrop to be used with puppets in the telling of different stories.

Using a GollyGee Blocks theme set (farm, space, castle), students develop a simple story or fairy tale.

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