Folk Tales
Unit
Focus Poetry:
"Little Miss Muffet"
Shared Reading:
Off  to Work by Ron Bacon
Journal Topics:
*Draw your favorite "little pig" building his house.
*Draw the 3 Billy Goats Gruff.
*Draw the 3 Bears' house.
*Draw your favorite fairy tale character.
*Which character do you think was the smartest?  Why?
Literature:
The Little Red Hen by Brenda Parkes and Judith Smith
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone  
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After reading the story, volunteers dress up and act out the tale.  Then we all work together to bake
some bread.  While the dough is rising, each child completes a sequencing activity to aid in retelling
the story at home.




Jack and the Beanstalk by Matt Faulkner
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Ellen Appleby
Billy Goats Gruff by Susan Hellard
Three Billy Goats Gruff or 3 Strikes Yer Out! by Ted Dewan
*After reading one of the versions, we act out the story (the 3 billy goats wear horns on a headband
with styrofoam cup "hooves" on their hands; the troll wears an ugly mask and hides under the
"bridge" (table) waiting for the goats to "trip-trap" across).  We discuss the characters and the
details of the setting.  Then each child makes his/her own "fairy tale theater."  The "fairy tale
theater" for this tale is the setting (brown hill on the left; lush, green grassy hill on the right;
popsicle stick bridge connecting the two hills). Then the students make the puppets by
coloring/cutting out pictures of the characters and gluing them onto popsicle sticks.  They retell the
tale to each other and even travel to our pre-K and PPCD classes to perform for the younger
students!


Little Red Riding Hood by James Marshall
Red Riding Hood by Paul Galdone
*After reading, we discuss "fact" and "fantasy," listing the clues in the tale.


The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The Three Little Pigs by Gavin Bishop
*We create another "fairy tale theater" for this story.  After discussing the details of the setting,
students decide how many houses (1 yellow, 1 brown, and 1 red) and what kind of materials
(raffia-straw, toothpicks-sticks, and red lima beans-bricks) they'll need to create their "theaters".  
Then they set to work to "build" each pig's house and glue them to the background.  They create
popsicle stick puppets for the 3 pigs and the wolf.







Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Galdone
*One of our 1st grade teachers (Mrs. Scott) always has her students write a riddle describing what
they brought for show and tell.  They are pretty good at writing them now, so we decided to use
them in this lesson.  We asked her class to come up with riddles for us to guess their "names".  

Wow! Here were some of their riddles:
"I am extinct.  I begin with a 'd'.  I have 3 syllables in my name."  (dinosaur)
"I rhyme with lake.  I am very sweet.  I begin with the letter 'c'."  (cake)
"I am a number.  I rhyme with sun.  I am less than 2."  (one)






Hansel and Gretel by Jane Ray
*We discuss the plot and identify the problem. We talk about how Hansel and Gretel solved the
problem, then we list our ideas for possible "solutions".



Three Bears by Paul Galdone
*The students created a "fairy tale theater" for this story, too.  (By the end of this unit, they ALL
know what "setting" means.) Each child was given a house cut-out made of folded paper.  They
illustrated the exterior however they wanted, but on the inside they needed to depict the important
areas/details of the Bears' house (table with 3 different-sized bowls in the kitchen, 3 different-sized
chairs in the living room, and 3 different-sized beds in the bedroom).  Then they made popsicle
stick puppets and retold the tale to someone.





Somebody and the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst
*After reading this version, we compare both stories using a Venn diagram.



Run! Run! by JoAnn Vandine (Mondo Publishing)

Henny Penny by Paul Galdone
*We made puppets for this story using different kinds of feather dusters for the bird characters and
a red sock for Foxy Loxy.  We use the puppets to tell the story.  Then the puppets are put into the
storytelling center for students to perform for each other.

Rapunzel (Troll Assoc.)
*Students create a cylindrical tower with a cut-out window for this "theater". They make popsicle
puppets for each character. (We hot-glue yellow yarn "hair" to the ends of popsicle sticks for each
Rapunzel the day before.)  Then they add the faces, clothes, etc.  "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down
your hair,"  they call as they dangle the yellow hair out the window for the prince to climb up.







Fairy Tales Theme Packets by Lakeshore
Rumplestiltskin  by Paul Galdone
3 Little Pigs  by Paul Galdone
Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
Red Riding Hood by James Marshall
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
The Princess and the Pea by Janet Stevens
Jack and the Beanstalk by Matt Faulkner
The Frog Prince by Edith H. Tarcob
More Fairy Tales and Folklore unit Literature:
Click on book covers for summaries, reviews, and price information from Amazon.com.
Science/Social Studies:
We study the parts of plants after each child plants lima beans in a clear plastic cup.  They sprout pretty
quickly and we sometimes estimate which day we think they'll sprout.  This year we studied the effects
of light on growing plants. (We put 1 plant in a box with holes on one side.  We put another plant in a
box with no holes.)  They were amazed how the plant with "box holes" grew crooked, toward the light
holes and the other plant withered.

As part of our Social Studies curriculum, we study the importance of jobs and why people have them.  
We make a list of all the different jobs we've read about in the fairy tales for this unit.  Then we
compare that list of jobs to the jobs their parents have.
Links:
Folklore, Myths, and Legend                  
Fairy Tale Unit     
Kindergarten Kafe                                  
Fairy Tale Links    
Fairy Tales Lessons                                 
The 3 Bears    
Fairy Tales by Tooter 4 Kids                   
The 3 Pigs   
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff                           
The Little Red Hen