Friday, January 18, 2013

How To Write a Fairy Tale

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Teaching Fairy Tales is one of my favorite units.  I have a collection of magic wands and I often sprinkle fairy dust on a regular basis so you can imagine how much fun this unit is for me.

In the land of make believe anything can happen.

fair·y tale
  1. A children's story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.
  2. Denoting something regarded as resembling a fairy story in being magical, idealized, or extremely happy.

story - fable - tale - fairy story
The First Graders in Mrs. Burke's class have been learning about Fairy Tales.  Last week they read different Fairy Tales and discussed the elements of a Fairy Tale.  The students worked in pairs to illustrate one of the important parts of a Fairy Tale.  It was magical watching them work together on the iPads.  The educreations project they created shows all that they have learned and answers the question: What is a Fairy Tale? 

This work addresses the Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

**Tech Tip: 
Have the students write out their sentences before they begin.  Use word walls and other resources to help with spelling.
In the first sitting the students will create their individual pages:  adding text and illustrations.
Screen Shot each page. (Hold the power button and the home button at the same time)
Compile all the illustrations on to one iPad  either by emailing or adding to dropbox.
In the next session sprinkle a little fairy dust and record.
Be sure to share either on your blogs or website.

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