After a month long break due to wonderful weather, Elijah jumped back in with a Fairytale/Folktale unit. I needed something easy, so I used Evan Moor’s Literature Pockets- Fairytales & Folktales (grades 2-3).
I have never been big on assembling the pockets their way. Usually we use a lapbook or notebook. This time, however, I knew the items needed pockets. Instead of making my own from scratch, I took three pocket folders (the kind without any brads in the middle) and three hole punched them. Then I used metal rings to keep it all together.
Tales we focused on
Bremen Town Musicians
The Fisherman and His Wife
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Brave Little Tailor
Jack and the Beanstalk Story Folder (puppets store in envelope). Yes, Jack really goes up and down the stalk. This was great for narration (and for puppet shows for Simon!).
The Brave Little Tailor ~ this has a story belt, mobile, and mini-book inside along with the story. I wish I could show you everything in the pockets, but it would just be too many pictures (and words!).
The Fisherman and His Wife (can you see Elijah’s fabulously fat fish?)
Henny Penny pocket
This was a fun story for us because we had only read versions of Chicken Little (same story, different named characer). This had a super great creative thinking activity to make up your own rhyming name characters and to complete them with illustrations. Of course, I didn’t take it out of the pocket and snap a picture (oops!). I did take a picture of his puppets, though. Again, great for retelling the story to mom (and little brother).
The Bremen Town Musicians had a fun art project. Elijah crayoned the characters all stacked up then did a watercolor wash over the top. No, I did not think of this; it was included in the lesson ideas!
donkey, dog, cat (which is sort of like a Cheshire cat, we think), and rooster! Can you see the constellation in the sky? This crayoned watercolor thing has Elijah inspired to write letters to friends in white crayon and then to tell them to paint over the top. Sounds fun to me!
I have to tell you this unit was just a blast. You just might want to stop and and enjoy the laughter and memories for a bit. Our children will only be little once.
Stories we listened to…
~Rumplestiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, Things Could Always Be Worse(Tell Me a Story by Jim Weiss)
~The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Real Princess (Famously Funny by Jim Weiss)
~Stone Soup, Puss in Boots, The Shoemaker and the Elves, and Rapunzel (Fairytale Favorites by Jim Weiss)
Stories we read…
Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg
The Three Bears by Paul Galdone
The Three Bears by Jan Brett
Rumpelstiltskin illustrated by Paul Zelinsky
Rapunzel illustrated by Paul Zelinsky
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
The Princess and the Pea by Paul Galdone
Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow
Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney
Hansel & Gretel (Usborne)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Usborne)
The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs (Usborne)
The Elves and the Shoemaker (Usborne)
The Elves and the Shoemaker by Paul Galdone
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft
tales by Sheila Black (from A Treasury of Children’s Literature)
~Goldilocks and the Three Bears
~Jack and the Beanstalk
~Three Billy Goats Gruff
~The Three Little Pigs
~Little Red Riding Hood
~The Frog Prince
~Hansel and Gretel
~The Brementown Musicians
ETA a picture of the outside of the folders (as requested in the comments)