Lesson 1. Transforming
What is a fairy
tale? Can you name five? Ten? What do these tales have in
1. We listened, as a class, to a CD on the
computer of Reader Rabbit, King Midas and the Golden
2. We made a list of the characteristics of this tale and
others we've read.
3. We made a chart listing the following characteristics:
Lesson 5. Creating a character template
Begins with Once Upon a Time, Once
long ago, Long, long ago etc.
Story setting is usually in a castle, forest , or
Story has good / nice characters
Story has mean / bad characters
Many of the characters are animals or members of
Story has magic
Story has the numbers 3 or 7 in it
Story has a problem
Problem in the story is solved
Good wins / outsmarts bad
Ending is "happily ever after"
In order for a story to be a Fairy Tale it must have
most of these characteristics - 6 or more.
UPON A TIME IN THE CLASSROOM: provides extensive
links to lessons and resources created by teachers.
For an extensive list of fairy Tales on the Web and
related resources, go to: The
Children's Literature Nook Presents Fairy Tales on the
Web This site's content includes: Aesop's Fables,
Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Brothers
Grimm, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood,
Perrault, Rumpelstiltzkin, Snow White, The Three Bears,
The Three Little Pigs, Fairy Tale Links, Fairy Tales in
the Classroom , Fairy Tale Bibliography, and Jack and the
This material will provide you with examples to enable
students to discuss the elements of a fairy tales. It
helped us to create a chart for our classroom similar to
the one above that the students could refer to as they