Once Upon a Fairy Tale

This is how our ESL Annual Project is called. We organized our English Syllabus around  fairy tales. We integrated language skills, math, science, literature, social studies, computing, physical education, and music among others.
Our goal is to provide  kids with ideas and activities so they can advance their language skills and conceptual knowledge, while facilitating the development of their communication and literacy skills and promoting positive attitudes toward themselves and learning. 
We activated children’s prior knowledge about fairy tales with a KWL chart.
  • What's a fairy tale? 
  • What fairy tales do you know?
  • Who wrote them?
  • What are the elements of fairy tales?
  • What's your favorite fairy tale?
Using fairy tales cards ask children to choose their favourite fairy tale and place their card on the pocket chart. Count and compare the results.
What's your favorite fairy tale? We voted and graphed results.
This is the result.
Sleeping Beauty
Hansel and Gretel
Little Red Riding Hood
Gingerbread man
The Three Little Pigs
     Goldilocks and the Three Bears

These are the activities we usually do Before, During and After Reading a fairy tale

Before reading
Ask children if they have heard the story before. If they know it, let children talk about what they remember.
Hold up the book or printout and read the title. Ask children to predict what will happen. Show children the cover of the book. Let them talk about the pictures there.
Introduce the story.
Flip through the pages and show them the illustrations. Let them talk about them.
Tell them that you are going to read the story.

During reading
Next have children listen to the story, read slowly with expressions. Read the fairy tale aloud, reminding children to pay attention to the events If you have the audio version, play it. When you finish the story, ask children comprehensive questions. Ask them about characters, problems, solutions.
For example, you might ask:
Who was the story about?
What happened?
Where did the story take place?
What was the problem?
How did the main character solve the problem?
Why do you think the character made a particular choice?

After Reading
Let children retell the story using necklaces, puppets, headbands or props. Make sure they point out what happens at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end. Help them with sequencing words first, so, then, next, after that, and finally to describe the sequence of the story.

Prepare flannel board images to retell the story. Before hand place the storyboard pieces for the story you read on the board (or, if you are using felt or magnetic pieces, set them up on the felt or magnet board), and have children sequence the important events of the story from the beginning to the ending.
Provide a variety of art materials including crayons, pencil crayons, markers, paint, scissors, coloured paper, old magazines, and glue for children to illustrate the scenes in their stories.
Prepare some worksheets or art work for children to draw favourite parts, characters.
Plan interesting activities for the centres. Prepare dramatic boxes with props for them to role-play the stories. Provide puppets, costumes, and props so students can recreate familiar or new fairy tales.
Watch the movies and compare with the books.
To end the unit, prepare a Fairy Tale day, let children come to class using crowns or with princess and prince costumes.

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