In Reply to: req: fairytales/4th grade posted by Regina K. Williams on February 07, 1997 at 22:25:24:
I have a real fun activity using several fairy tales. We read the Three Little Pigs
and discuss the story elements. Then we read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
and discuss how it is told from a different perspective. We make a Venn diagram to show
the likenesses and differences. I use a poster making activity to advertise the books
and the kids vote on the best one from each book. We also have a trial to determine if the
wolf should be in jail. The class discusses the parts we need, the actual way a trial is
held, and the democratic way a jury is chosen. The defense and prosecuting teams get together
and plan their strategies, make their witness lists, and research any other pertinent
information. One boy actually called the National Weather Service to get the pollen count in
our area on the day we read the book to determine if the wolf actually had a reason to be
sneezing so much! Finally the trial was held. The judge was our principal andshe got a robe
and gavel to play the part. In one class he was guilty, one other class he was not guilty.
The class realized how much preparation it takes for a real trial and they wanted to do another
one for the witch in Hansel and Gretl.