We use Dee Dee Will's and Deanna Jump's Guided Reading program in our classroom throughout the year. As we wrap up the year with fairy tale week, we review our retelling skills using their "Five Finger Retell" concept. I created an anchor chart for the kids to use for each retell we did together.
Fairy Tale Retelling Craft Activities for Kindergarten
As we read each fairy tale, we worked together to retell the story, and we drew pictures to match. Then students created craft toppers for each fairy tale.
Here are a few we completed, including The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen.
These craft packs are available here, along with our discounted Fairy Tales Craft Bundle, which also includes craft activities for Goldilock's and the Three Bears and Three Billy Goats Gruff. (More craft packs below.)
I love to compare different versions of fairy tales, too, another skill we review during our fairy tale week. First we read and complete retelling activities for Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, and The Three Little Pigs. Then we compare the stories to Three Billy Goats Fluff, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!, Big Foot Cinderrrrrella, and The Three Dinosaurs.
QU Wedding Fairy Tale Celebration In Kindergarten
In our lesson plans, we wrap up our letter study for all of the letters one week prior to our fairy tale unit, and the final letter we study is Q. Throughout the study, I mention that Q can't go anywhere without U because they're married. The kids think this is hilarious.
On the final day of our fairy tale unit, the kids are invited to bring a stuffed animal of a fairy tale character with them to school. What they don't know is that those fairy tale friends will be guests at our very own classroom fairy tale for the wedding of Q and U! When they arrive at school, I drop the news. Students make Q and U hats for morning work.
QU Wedding Preparations
The storyline I give students is that the letter Q is the queen, and she's in love with the quarterback. She simply can't stand to be without him, so she takes him wherever she goes. The quarterback loves the queen very much. He, however, is big and tough, and he can go alone as he pleases. Then we make connections to words with qu and words with u. The kids are amazed to realized this concept!
Then we begin preparing for our ceremony. Students are assigned jobs for our big wedding day. Here are some ideas:
QU Wedding Ceremony
I play wedding march music, and all of the queens line up with their quarterbacks in the back of the classroom. They slowly walk down the aisle, taking their seats with their stuffed animals.
The groom and officiant anxiously await the start of the ceremony.
Once everyone is in their places, the ceremony begins. I remind the students of the love Q and U share, and the officiant helps me with the ring and "I do" part.
QU Wedding Celebration
At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone prepares gifts for the queen and quarterback. We work together to come up with gifts that start with QU because that's what the happy couple has placed on their registry. As they are drawing and crafting, the waitresses pass out snacks (M&M's in cupcake liners).
QU Wedding Dance
Once crafts are complete, students are ready for the dance! DJs choose some dances from Go Noodle. I also play YMCA and The Chicken Dance. To conclude our celebration, we eat cake (stacked Little Debbies Zebra Cakes)!
Here's a few pictures from this year! I dressed up like a fairy godmother to host the wedding! We had a wedding chapel filled with our letter craft activities from throughout the year. Read more about our letter crafts here.
Fairy Tale Craft Activities
I love all of the skills that can be easily reviewed with fairy tales! Explore our activities below to find what best suits your little learners!
Fairy Tale Craft Activities: Crown, Castle, Dragon, Addition, Names, Shapes
Fairy Tale Puppet Craft Activities: Red Hen, Goats Gruff, Goldilocks, Three Pigs, Red Riding Hood
Fairy Tale Puppet Craft Activity: Wizard, Genie, Dragon, Ninja, Knight, Princess
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