This Cinderella unit offers two weeks of engaging, balanced ELA instruction. Activities address fourth grade ELA standards for literature, informational text, writing, language, speaking and listening. Complete lesson plans and pacing guide make this unit a no-brainer. Just grab and go!
In this connected learning sequence, fourth grade students analyze, summarize, and write Cinderella stories. They learn about informational text structures and order of adjectives. Working in groups, they collaborate to design a new room for a miniature fairy castle.
What’s great about this unit?
- It’s ready to go. Everything is included and planned for you. Just download, print, and teach.
- It’s balanced. In addition to literature, kids get healthy doses of informational text, language, writing – even speaking and listening!
- It’s action-packed. Kids get busy writing, collaborating, and presenting.
- It employs higher order thinking skills. Your students will apply, analyze, synthesize, and create.
- It meets the standards. Check out the list under Objectives below.
- It connects to material kids love. This unit features fairy tales.
- It scaffolds. Lessons progress naturally, taking students to new levels of understanding.
- Compare and Contrast Cinderella Stories - A 19-page document allows your class to compare and contrast Cinderella stories, distinguish between folklore and parody, find common elements, and map stories from around the world.
- Cinderella Writing Webquest - In this website-based resource, students learn about elements of a story, as well as the story arc; analyze and summarize four Cinderella stories (included); explore figurative language, and write their own Cinderella parodies.
- Castles of the World Informational Text Unit (now includes even more worksheets) - Kids learn about five types of informational text structure in this castle-themed unit.
- Cinderella Order of Adjectives - A themed PowerPoint presentation, games, worksheets, and an assessment help kids master this tricky concept.
- Fairy Tale Castle PBL - This fairy tale inspired PBL asks kids to design a new room for Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
- Literature - Students will summarize stories (RL4.2); they will compare, contrast, and explore patterns of events in traditional literature from different cultures (RL.4.9).
- Informational Text - Students will describe the overall structure of a text (RI.4.5).
- Language - Students will order adjectives according to conventional patterns (L.4.1.D).
- Writing - Students will write narratives to develop imagined experiences (W.4.3).
- Speaking and Listening - Students will come to discussions prepared (SL.4.1.A) and follow agreed-upon rules and carry out assigned roles (SL.4.1.B). They will report on a topic using relevant, descriptive details and speak clearly (SL.4.4).
All activities were created by Brenda Kovich, a veteran fourth grade teacher.
Would you like to know when I post more resources? Simply follow me on TpT.