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Online Rumpelstiltkin Lessons

Online Rumpelstiltkin Lessons

FAIRY TALES   Fairy tales are natural springboards for reading and writing development as well as for the study of other cultures. They will be an ideal source for examining more closely the key elements of a story, contrasting them with other stories, making character-studies (i.e., listing traits and idiosyncrasies), as well as for looking at point of view and narrative styles of writing. This unit will be interdisciplinary in scope (incorporating reading, writing listening, speaking, drama, art and social studies skills).

MAKING A BOX CASTLE     Cutting the box requires adult assistance with heavy scissors.

FABULOUS FAIRY TALES Grades 4-5 Language arts focus; Students are introduced to the genre of fairy tales and have the Grimm’s version of Snow White as an example. Students are given a quiz on the key terms and elements of a fairy tale. After learning to identify distinguishing characteristics of a fairy tale, students explore other fairy tales and use exaggeration to create their own fairy tale using the educational software Story Book Weaver.


FAIRY TALE WRITER’S CLUB (early elementary)

HOW MUCH IS A NAME WORTH? Addition and computation

HOW TO MAKE A LARGE SPINNING WHEEL GAME: Spinning game wheels, like the ones seen at carnivals or on Wheel of Fortune, have been used in games of chance for a long time. These wheels are an exciting addition to birthday parties, school carnivals or church functions, and are relatively easy to make. They can be made either to stand up or lie flat, and can be decorated differently for different games.



THE GOLD RUSH with Primary documents

CLASSIC FAIRY TALES AND MOTIFS (grades 3-6): Students will be using an interactive website to create Venndiagrams focusing on the motifs in their chosen fairy tales. As a culminating activity students will be writing their own variation of a fairy tale, changing one or more motifs.

TO ACCOMPANY RUMPELSTILTZKIN’S DAUGHTER by Diane Stanley:  Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter outwits the greedy king, who tries to get her to spin straw into gold just as her father once did. In the end, she helps a troubled community overcome their economic problems created by the king.

WRITING YOUR OWN FAIRY TALE (recommended third grade):  This lesson is to be taught in conjunction with your librarian. Students will learn the five parts of a fairy tale. Using Kidspiration and PowerPoint, students will create an original fairy tale.

READ AND COLOR RUMPELSTILTZKIN: Remedia. The wonderful, ready-to-color illustrations featured in this popular classic tale is sure to bring the story to life for the reader or listener! Also comes with three skill-based activity pages and 15 or more questions to stimulate an After You Read discussion.

COMPREHENDING THROUGH QUESTIONING: Using Rumpelstiltskin (Zelinsky. Dutton) Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak. Harper Collins) Destinations in Science (Brummett. Addison-Wesley, 1995):  This lesson will help students to learn comprehension strategies of their own. Students will learn the story-grammar training methods. This lesson will also help to motivate students to want to read for understanding.


THE RUMPELSTILTSKIN PROBLEM AND OTHER ADAPTED TALES: Students will listen to a reading of a traditional version of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale and discuss the various literary elements. Next, students are assigned an adapted version of the same tale and will complete a graphic organizer identifying the various elements of the adapted tale. Finally students make comparisons between the traditional version and the adapted tale and participate in a class discussion about the different adapted tales studied.


MIRROR NAME ART: Celebrate your name week

SPIN ME A STORY: Connections to engineering/literature (Recommended grades 5-7): In a spin-off to studying about angular momentum, students use basic methods of comparative mythology to consider why spinning and weaving are common motifs in creation myths and folktales. Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world — concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension.


Starting with PAUL ZELINSKY Rumpelstiltzkin:

Explain that fairy tales are focused around a problem that needs to be solved. Identify a problem that needs to be solved in a fairy tale.

Explain that fairy tales often have objects, characters, and events that come in groups of three. Identify objects, characters, and events that come in groups of three in fairy tales

Explain that fairy tales show a character’s values. Identify the values in a fairy tale.