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Once Upon a Time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Once upon a time…”  This familiar opening line had the power to enchant children hundreds of year ago.  And it still has the same effect on students today at Rock Rest Elementary School.  

Little Red Riding Hood Media Coordinator, Mrs. Diggs, introduced Fairy Tales around the World to her second graders during their media class.  Students learned about the elements that make stories a fairy tale, such as, stories usually start with “Once Upon a time or Long, Long Ago, good & bad characters, some fairy tales have magic in the story, and most fairy tales have happy endings…

Second graders learned about  the different countries there favorite fairy tales story originated from around the world.  “Little Red Hen” & “Three Little Pigs,” are from England.  “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” is from Norway, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” is a European Fairy Tale, and “City Mouse & the Country Mouse,” is from Greece.  Each student read and wrote information about their fairy tale to create a grade level quilt.  

Students were divided into small reading groups and then given several fairy tale stories to read and discuss the elements they noticed in the text.  Students were asked to give examples of the elements of the fairy tale by showing proof from the text.  The stories were readable and had engaging text.  They had repetition, patterned in the text that made them fun to read and helped bring the stories to life for the readers.  Students also presented Reader Theatre Plays, reading & acting out the stories, using mask that represented there character, for there class.  And our Fairy Tale Unit Ended Happily Ever After!   Little Red Hen