Lesson Plan

The Elements of Fairy Tales

This is an introductory lesson for beginning a fairy tale unit with students. Students will be introduced to the elements of fairy tales, read fairy tales in small groups to pick out the elements, and finish by creating a presentation.
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Omaha Public Schools
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Students will be able to identify and use the elements of fairy tales the make the genre unique.

English Language Arts
Grades 4 – 7
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1 Introduction/Hook:

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Teacher uses the tech tool Kahoot or Poll Everywhere to assess students' prior knowledge of fairy tales and get them excited about the unit. The teacher develops 4-5 questions about the fairy tale genre- change questions as you see fit. Q1: This fairy tale character lost her shoe on the first date: A) Snow White B) Gretel C) Cinderella
Q2: In this horrible tale, the main character wants a child in order to eat it! A) Little Red Riding Hood B) Hansel and Gretel C) Rumpelstiltskin
Q3: In this tale, a girl must fall in love with a horrible looking animal. A) Snow White B) Beauty and the Beast C) Princess and the Pea
Q4: What caused Brier Rose to fall into a deep sleep? A. She pricked her finger on a sewing machine. B. She ate a poisonous apple. C. She danced with a prince.
Q5: Fairy tales usually end... A) Happily ever after. B) The end. C) Until next time!

2 Direct Instruction:

Teacher goes through the "Elements of a Fairy Tales" interactive whiteboard lesson with students. Have students take notes to refer to later on in the lesson. (younger students will need a graphic organizer to fill in, older students can practice the note-taking skills) Students come up to the board to interact with the pull tabs, etc.

3 Guided Practice:

Activity: Reading

The teacher divides the class into small groups. Each group gets a short fairy tale to read together. (Work with your school librarian to pick out 5-6 short fairy tale stories from your school library...preview ahead of time to ensure they fit your purpose for the lesson) Using their notes, students identify the elements of the fairy tale genre in their stories and report out to the class at the end.

Student Instructions

Student give SPECIFIC examples of the fairy tale element they found in their story- i.e. "There are 7 dwarfs in this story, and the number 7 is common in fairy tales" or "The prince and princess get married in the end, and fairy tales always have happy endings"

4 Independent Practice:

Students have a class period to create a Sway presentation featuring one of the elements of fairy tales. The completed presentation should demonstrate their understanding of the element, including pictures, captions, examples, and possibly even a video that relates to the topics. Sway presentations can be shared with the class if time allows, or students can simply send the link to the teacher to view.

5 Wrap Up:

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Students will link to a teacher-created padlet wall and post a sticky note on one of the elements of fairy tales along with an example – teacher assigns rows/groups to each element so there is a variety of answers. Teacher leads discussion after and clears up any questions.