Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fairy Tales

This week in our reading series, we studied Fairy Tales.  We talked a lot about problem and solution and read a ton of fairy tales.  At first, my boys weren't very excited about this unit of study.  {This made it a little difficult since I have 14 boys and 7 girls.  Unlike last year, where I only had 3 boys by the end of the year.  There is definitely a different dynamic in the classroom this year in comparison to last.  Not bad, just different.}  The second day, we read Jack and the Beanstalk and the boys loved this one.  After that, they were hooked and couldn't wait to hear more fairy tales.
Anyways, yesterday, I had my students do a fun writing project.  I had a different version for the boys and girls. Just click on either picture to download for free.

The girls pretty much said they would use their hair as a ladder or they would yell for a prince to help them.  The boys responses definitely varied.  Some said they would rescue them or use a ladder.  However, one said "I would leave the princess there for a couple of days and then I might go and rescue her." Lol!
Then the boys made themselves into prince's and the girls into Rapunzel.

They loved it and they turned out so cute.  You can download the patterns by clicking HERE
Here are some pictures of our bulletin board.  The lighting and picture quality from my phone is horrible.  Sorry :(

If you download this, I'd love to hear from you :)


  1. What fun! I'm doing a fairy tales unit in the spring and Rapunzel is one of my favorites. Thanks for the freebie!

  2. Perfect timing! We're starting fairy tales next month. What a cute idea! I pinned it too. :) Thanks for sharing this as a freebie!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. LOVE IT! We are just getting to fairy tales so this is perfect :) The craftivity is adorable by the way, such a cute hallway display :) Thanks for the great freebie!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  4. Cute fairy tales stuff...gonna have to add this to my collection. Thanks~

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! SO adorable!!!
    I had a class once of 17 girls and 3 boys ALL YEAR. It was the best year ever -- quiet, clean, organized, etc! This year I have 17 boys and 12 girls. But it's all good. The boys are super sweet!! I have more drama with the girls. :)
    Thanks for sharing!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. SO cute! Thanks for a terrific freebie! I have more boys this year and it does totally change the dynamic.
    Finally in First

  7. This is such a cute idea! My girls are completely obsessed with Tangled - so I think their responses would also surround long hair!

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Katie
    First Grade ABCs

  8. I love teaching fairy tales and this was such a cute and creative idea!!! Thanks so much!!!

  9. I have more boys than girls too, so this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing :)


    Stories from Room 114

  10. That is adorable!!! Can't wait to try it. :) And I'm in the same boat...literally twice as many boys as girls. Sheesh!

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

  11. I LOVE this idea! So creative! thanks for posting the pattern for us!

  12. These are so cute!


  13. If you're looking for more fairy tale ideas, I just uploaded my fairy tales unit. I'll also be posting some more freebies.
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  14. Hey - love the Rapunzel Idea! Have downloaded and will try with my new entrant (kindergarten) class here in NZ!

  15. I just wanted to point out the blatant sexism in your princess trapped in tower/prince rescuing princess from tower- writing exercise. I teach Kindergarten Prep for 4 and 5 years old and it is important to me not to instill them with sexist values. Maybe you could make both options available to your students. Option A. If I were trapped in a tower I would.. Option B. If I saw someone trapped in a tower I would...
    Just thought I would mention it.

  16. I ♥love fairy tales, they let children use their imagination and think outside the box. Your activities are wonderful!
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

  17. You make me miss first so much!! I am sending this link to all the first grade teachers in my building so I can live vicariously through them!!
    Love it!!


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