Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fairy Tale Fun... with Sock Puppets!

This coming week we are wrapping up our fairy tale genre study in 3rd grade ELA!  I'm so excited and just had to share about our week...

Tomorrow the kids will be writing a script with a partner of a conversation summarizing one of the fairy tales we read.

On Tuesday, the kids will use a super fun iPad app called "SOCK PUPPETS" to bring their script to life!  You can download a free version of the app and students can record for 30 seconds.  We've purchased the app, which allows for 90 seconds of recording time.  It's tricky to get it all in... but possible!

The things we do for our students (and our blog)... you can see my sample below!  I did "Goldilocks" because we didn't study that story so, my hope is, it will give them an example without mucking up their thoughts so they can still be original!

Best of all this project is helping us assess a ton of Common Core ELA Standards... RL 3.2 to re-tell,  RL 3.9 as it's part of our genre study, SL 3.4 and 3.5, creating a visual project, and the script writing part is using quotations in dialouge which is L3.2c.

I'm hoping these will finish on Tuesday, since they'll only be recording for 90 seconds.

We'll also be doing plays from this Scholastic Fractured Fairy Tale book:

There are 4 3rd grade classes, so each class will be learning the same play in 4 small groups.  On Thursday, each teacher will get one of the groups from each class and each group will perform for one another!

While that is going on in two rooms, the other two rooms will be having a fairy tale scavenger hunt around the school!

And before the plays and scavenger hunt on Thursday, we're having a Three Bears' Breakfast.  This is something I always did when I taught 2nd grade, so I am so happy that my new 3rd grade team was willing to help me continue this fun tradition!

We'll be eating oatmeal, fruit, and toast and drinking milk and juice while watching a few short fairy tale videos off United Streaming.  After that, it's plays, scavenger hunt, and then students get a choice of a fairy tale movie to watch in the afternoon.  It's also our last day before a 5-day mid-winter break, so it's a perfect send off to a long weekend!

The kiddos are so excited about this day, and I LOVE all of the learning that has taken place over the last two weeks of this study and that will continue to take place this coming week.  We've done theme (which they *SO* understand... I'm a happy gal!), compare and contrast characters, settings, etc..., summarizing, and tons of other learning too!  Teaching through genre is so fun!!!


  1. Our firsties LOVE the sock puppet app! We introduced it during indoor recess and now they are all about it :) Thanks for sharing!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  2. That seems like a really great unit! Doing Reader's Theaters with students is one of my favorite parts of this job, and it makes it even better when they love it too!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  3. I love fairy tales! I'm going to have to check out the Scholastic Book! I love Reader's Theater and Sock Puppets is so much fun :)

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  4. I love the app. I am going to have to check that out! I used that scholastic fairy tale book when I taught upper elementary and my kids loved it (as did I)! Looks like you're going to have a fun and busy week!
    Enchanting Elementary

  5. We have also been using this app for Fairy Tales! My students love the silly Fairy Tale plays in that book. I am using them during read to someone time. It has worked really well!

  6. I love these ideas! please tell us more {and share pictures if you have them} from the scavenger hunt. I agree that teaching this genre is one of my highlights too.


  7. We are also writing stories to use on Sock Puppets - just waiting for our tech guy to get us the full app. I do have a question - how are you sharing the stories with your whole class?

    1. I made a Youtube channel and set it to private. I'll be uploading them all to Youtube and then we can watch them later on!


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