Grade: Elementary
Subject: Literature

#3796. Fairy Tale/ Folk Tale Museum

Literature, level: Elementary
Posted Fri Jun 2 08:01:40 PDT 2006 by Mindy M (
Mt. Hope Elementary, Mt. Hope, OH
Materials Required: 2 or 3 items from home that can be discarded when done
Activity Time: 2-3 weeks
Concepts Taught: creative writting/earning money

Do not tell the kids why, but ask them to bring from home 2 or 3 items that their family doesn't use anymore. Make sure the parents know that the items might not be returned. Read many Fairy or Folk Tales to your class. When your children are familiar with the tales, tell them that you are going to open a Fairy Tale and/or Folk Tale Museum. Each child needs to pick one of the items brought in and write a few paragraphs which summarizes the tale and then tells which character the item belonged to, what they used it for, and why the character gave it to them. For example, an old apron could be from "The Gingerbread Man" (For those of you who don't know the tale,...)and it belonged to the little old lady who made him. The little old lady gave it to me because seeing it reminds her of how she lost her delicious friend. Then, invite parents and relatives to your museum. Charge .50 or 1 dollar. Have the items on display with just who the item belongs to and which tale (Little Old Lady's Apron from "The Gingerbread Man" not the children's stories. When everyone has arrived have each child read their stories aloud with their item on hand. When finished determine how much money your class made and what the class can do with that money. They could have a party or buy some books, etc.