This activity was born in preparation for The National Day of Writing on November 20, 2017. Our principal paired younger grades with older grades for a fun mentor writing experience. All the classes at our rural elementary school were focused on creating fairy tales using word blank style activities, similar to Mad Libs™, to practice parts of speech and idea generation.
This particular lesson actually took place over a two hour period of time. Twenty fourth graders paired with 20 Kindergarteners to create the final products. We put the initial Little Red Hen word blank activity into a class book. We actually copied the finished products so both the Kindergarteners and the fourth graders could have a book for their class library.
We then had the children publish their final fairy tale (Day 2 lesson in this product) on yellow chart paper. The children read fairy tales in pairs, then created their own on the story map included in this product. Each class in our school wrote their own version of their chosen fairy tales on the large paper and displayed them in our halls. We had a school-wide “carousel walk” at the end of the day where all classes looked at the displayed tales. It was so much fun!
I broke the lessons up into two days for the purposes of this product. I included a parts of speech sort as an optional activity. I also included a Venn diagram so that students can compare and contrasts the original fairy tales to the ones they created with their classmates.