Spotlight: Orchard Kindergarten Teachers Use Fairy Tales To Enhance Academics | Photo Album

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The kindergarten fairy-tale study lends itself nicely to an integrated approach to learning and the creation of projects. Children are asked to share what they already know about fairy tales and what they would like to know. Each class reads many classic and nontraditional fairy tales and tests comprehension skills as they compare the story elements of similar tales. 
 
The classroom teachers and Specialists integrate a variety of activities related to fairy tales across the curriculum. For example, music and songs related to stories or nursery rhymes, and science activities about wolves and “magic” beans. During kindergarten project time, students take on a variety of STEM challenges related to particular tales. Some of the classes have figured out alternative ways to get Jack up and down the beanstalk using parachutes or pulleys. 

Students also planted some beans of their own and made predictions about how they would grow. Many students engineer baskets from paper and scrounge materials that will carry Red Riding Hood’s goodies to Grandma or build towers for Rapunzel. Students are also asked to construct bridges for the Three Billy Goats Gruff and chairs for The Three Little Bears. 

Classes study maps and create an original map of their vision of fairy tale land, measuring the distance from place to place such as from the Giant’s castle to The Seven Dwarf’s cottage. Artistic crests are designed by the children to represent their families, and these are used to help decorate classrooms and bulletin boards as classrooms were transformed into castles. The children identify the main idea, sequence the events, and discover the characters in each story.  Each child writes a letter to a favorite fairy tale character and eagerly awaits a letter in return.

This is part one of their fairy-tale project. Stay tuned for part two, which has a fairy-tale feast and a child-driven play. Each classroom produces their own play complete with costumes, scenery and sometimes original music! 

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    • After reading The Jolly Postman, Kindergarteners are kicking off their fairy tale project by searching for clues throughout our 43-acre woods.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy/Science

      After reading The Jolly Postman, Kindergarteners are kicking off their fairy tale project by searching for clues throughout our 43-acre woods.

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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    • Waiting on the other KG classrooms to complete the scavenger hunt calls for a little fun. Nothing wrong with that!

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Waiting on the other KG classrooms to complete the scavenger hunt calls for a little fun. Nothing wrong with that!

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    • After the long journey through the woods, it was story time in the cabin with Mrs. P in honor of Goldilocks and the Three Bears birthday.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy

      After the long journey through the woods, it was story time in the cabin with Mrs. P in honor of Goldilocks and the Three Bears birthday.

    • Students were given a challenge to build a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff using scrounge and natural materials.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Mathematics

      Students were given a challenge to build a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff using scrounge and natural materials.

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Mathematics

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Mathematics

    • To go along with the fairy tale Goldilocks, each child brought in their own bear. We integrated the story into our STEM lessons by measuring our bears with non standard measurement and tasking the children to build a chair just right for their bear.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Science

      To go along with the fairy tale Goldilocks, each child brought in their own bear. We integrated the story into our STEM lessons by measuring our bears with non standard measurement and tasking the children to build a chair just right for their bear.

    • Engineering/Science

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Science

    • Engineering/Science

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Science

    • Students are engineering houses for the Three Little Pigs. They have to be strong enough so the Big Bad Wolf can

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Mathematics

      Students are engineering houses for the Three Little Pigs. They have to be strong enough so the Big Bad Wolf can't blow it down.

    • Here comes the Big Bad Wolf (leaf blower style).

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Mathematics

      Here comes the Big Bad Wolf (leaf blower style).

    • Pure joy as their house withstood the wolf

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Engineering/Mathematics

      Pure joy as their house withstood the wolf's huff and puff.

    • After reading Rumpelstiltskin, students graphed the number of letters in their names and used the iPads to create a name collage.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Technology/Literacy

      After reading Rumpelstiltskin, students graphed the number of letters in their names and used the iPads to create a name collage.

    • Throughout our fairy tale study, we have been exploring different story elements.  Students have worked hard to identify the characters, setting and plot woven into each fairy tale they read!

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy/Writing

      Throughout our fairy tale study, we have been exploring different story elements. Students have worked hard to identify the characters, setting and plot woven into each fairy tale they read!

    • Students have loved writing their own fairy tales during writing workshop! They have worked hard to sketch and write imaginative stories including many different fairy tale characters!

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy/Writing

      Students have loved writing their own fairy tales during writing workshop! They have worked hard to sketch and write imaginative stories including many different fairy tale characters!

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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    • Students are comparing different versions of the Three Little Pigs and writing about which one they believe.  They

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy/Writing

      Students are comparing different versions of the Three Little Pigs and writing about which one they believe. They'll share their answers with the group!

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy/Writing

    • Students in this classroom created story stones to help with retelling familiar fairy tales.  The stones supported the students comprehension and encouraged “story language” during their retell.  Students enjoyed changing their voices to sound like different characters and loved reciting familiar phrases such as “fee fi foe fum!"

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy/Writing

      Students in this classroom created story stones to help with retelling familiar fairy tales. The stones supported the students comprehension and encouraged “story language” during their retell. Students enjoyed changing their voices to sound like different characters and loved reciting familiar phrases such as “fee fi foe fum!"

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

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    • During small group literacy we learn in many different ways. Emphasis is put on phonetic instruction and decoding. We incorporate our units of study into our stories and research. We like to show what we

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy/Writing

      During small group literacy we learn in many different ways. Emphasis is put on phonetic instruction and decoding. We incorporate our units of study into our stories and research. We like to show what we've learned by writing stories, building dioramas, and dramatic play.

    • Kindergarten coding in action! Our students mapped out a path to help Little Red Riding Hood get to her Grandma

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Coding

      Kindergarten coding in action! Our students mapped out a path to help Little Red Riding Hood get to her Grandma's House. The students had to get past obstacles like trees, the wolf's den, and a river! We first mapped a path together as a group and then each student got to make their own path.

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Coding

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Coding

    • This Little Red Ridinghood challenge was another STEM lesson. Children are given a challenge and then the parameters around it. For this one, a basket was made. It had to have a handle and had to be able to carry several pieces of food as we skipped to Grandma

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Art

      This Little Red Ridinghood challenge was another STEM lesson. Children are given a challenge and then the parameters around it. For this one, a basket was made. It had to have a handle and had to be able to carry several pieces of food as we skipped to Grandma's house.

    • Art

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Art

    • Art

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Art

    • Classes study maps and create an original map of their vision of fairy tale land, measuring the distance from place to place such as from the Giant’s castle to The Seven Dwarf’s cottage.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Art/Science

      Classes study maps and create an original map of their vision of fairy tale land, measuring the distance from place to place such as from the Giant’s castle to The Seven Dwarf’s cottage.

    • Counting how many huffs and puffs it would take to move object like the Big Bad Wolf. Students graphed their responses and reviewed their data.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Science

      Counting how many huffs and puffs it would take to move object like the Big Bad Wolf. Students graphed their responses and reviewed their data.

    • Mathematics/Science

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Science

    • Exploring measurement using Jack and the Giant

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Art

      Exploring measurement using Jack and the Giant's footprints!

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      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Art

    • Working as a group to design parachutes to help Jack get down from his beanstalk.

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Mathematics/Art

      Working as a group to design parachutes to help Jack get down from his beanstalk.

    • Literacy

      Kindergarten Fairy Tale Study

      Literacy