3rd graders have started working on adapted fairy tales during writing. To start the unit the students were read the classic version of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. To make changes to a classic fairy tale, one must know the classic story and be able to tell it. The students then needed to decide on what change they were going to make to the story and lastly they must make sure those changes make the story fit together.
As a class we began practicing adapting fairy tales by choosing a character, setting and event card. The students had to develop a story and act it out in front of their classmates using the cards they had selected. The kids found this to be a very difficult task. Thinking on their feet to develop a story on the spot was tough work, but fun was had by all.
Now that we are familiar with how to adapt a fairy tale, the students have started writing their own fairy tales. Here is an example of the start to Jillian and Marissa’s fairy tales;
The Little Red Skater by Jillian
In a land far far away there was a boy named Rider. Rider loved to skateboard. One day Rider heard that a skate park was opening up across town.
After one year the skate park was opened so Rider asked his dad if he could go. The answer was “yes”.
The 3 Very Tiny Dwarf Hamsters by Marissa
Once upon a time in a land far far away there were 3 little dwarf hamsters, named Me-Me, Dee-Dee and Fee-Fee. The 3 little hamsters needed to make a home, but were warned of the Big and Scary Godzilla!