Fairy Tales for Teaching Upper Elementary / Big Kids / 3rd Grade and 4th Grade Common Core:
RL 3.2 RL 3.3 RL 4.2 RL 4.3
Digital classroom version available too!
This instructional resource was designed specifically to attend to 3rd grade and 4th grade common core literature standards while teaching fairy tale genre. This resource mainly focuses on analyzing characters, setting, events, recounting the story, and determining the theme/message, as well as examining fairy tale elements. The featured item in this resource is the double-sided fairy tale flipbook
which offers students information about each of the elements found in fairy tales, while prompting them to think and write specifically about how these elements apply to this particular story. Included in this resource is an adapted version of The Princess and the Pea
but the flipbook and activities can be used with other versions as well. Also included are detailed teaching notes about The Princess and the Pea
for quick reference to guide instruction.
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This resource includes:
♛ A double-sided fairy tale flipbook
with sections that attend to the setting, magic, good vs. evil, challenge or task, message (These pages can be run through a copier front to back without any hassle with regard to prep work.)
♛ PDF copy of the fairy tale text
for students to highlight and/or annotate while doing a close read
Graphic organizers for:
♛ Analyzing each character’s traits and feelings using evidence from the story
♛ Inferring character’s traits and feelings by analyzing specifically what the character says, thinks, or does
♛ Analyzing how each character’s traits, feelings, and actions contribute to the events in the story
♛ Identifying cause/effect throughout the story (two formats)
♛ Describing how the queen changes her opinion about the princess, what caused this change, and the result of this change (two formats)
♛ Describing the setting and the setting’s mood (two formats)
♛ Determining how the setting is important to the story
♛ Describing story events, the character’s response to the events, and how the events were important to the story plot
♛ Recounting the story using story elements
♛ Recounting the story using SWBST
♛ Determining the message of the fairy tale
Other activities include:
♛ 4 response-to-reading questions (higher order thinking)
♛ A writing activity: Wanted: A True Princess
♛ Making connections between sayings/adages/proverbs and the message of the story
☕ Teaching notes are included to assist guidance through the organizers/activities.
They include a complete analysis of characters (traits/feelings/motives), good vs. evil, setting, problem, magic, and message.
Answer keys provided where applicable
Easy directions for flipbook
For other fairy tales in this series, visit:
Beauty and the Beast
Needing resources for common core reading standards? Please click on the links below and check out the following toolkits that can be used with any story...
RL3.2, 4.2 & 5.2~ Finding the Theme & Message in Literature
RL3.6, 4.6 & 5.6~ Distinguishing Point of View & Perspective
RL2.3~ Describing Character Response to Events & Challenges
RL3.3~ Describing Character Traits, Feelings & Motives
RL4.3~ Describing Characters, Settings, & Events in Literature
A special thank you to KB3Teach for fonts that give this resource fairy tale flair and a special thank you to Educlips for the creative clip art!