Unit Study: Preschool Fairy Tales – Part 2

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K

Goals:

By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Identify and name specific fairy tales (e.g., Snow White, Rapunzel).
  2. Understand the basic elements and themes of these fairy tales.
  3. Recognize the lessons and morals conveyed in the stories.
  4. Develop imagination and creativity through fairy tale-related activities.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of storytelling and character analysis.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Introduce the fairy tale of Snow White and discuss its characters and setting.
  • Explore themes of friendship and kindness.
  • Read a simplified version of Snow White.
  • Activity: Create a paper plate Snow White craft.

Day 2: Rapunzel

  • Explore the fairy tale of Rapunzel and discuss the tower and magical hair.
  • Discuss the concept of bravery and helping others.
  • Read a simplified version of Rapunzel.
  • Activity: Create a yarn “Rapunzel’s hair” craft.

Day 3: Cinderella

  • Focus on the fairy tale of Cinderella and discuss the magical transformation.
  • Explore the theme of believing in oneself and kindness to animals.
  • Read a simplified version of Cinderella.
  • Activity: Create a “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” craft.

Day 4: Little Red Riding Hood

  • Discover the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood and discuss the forest setting.
  • Discuss the importance of listening to warnings and being cautious.
  • Read a simplified version of Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Activity: Create a “Little Red Riding Hood’s Basket” craft.

Day 5: The Three Little Pigs

  • Explore the fairy tale of The Three Little Pigs and discuss the different houses.
  • Discuss the concepts of planning ahead and hard work.
  • Read a simplified version of The Three Little Pigs.
  • Activity: Build and test different materials for “pigs’ houses.”

Resource List:

Books:

  1. “Snow White” by The Brothers Grimm (retold by Rachel Isadora) – Amazon Link
  2. “Rapunzel” by The Brothers Grimm (retold by Paul O. Zelinsky) – Amazon Link
  3. “Cinderella” by The Brothers Grimm (retold by K.Y. Craft) – Amazon Link
  4. “Little Red Riding Hood” by The Brothers Grimm (retold by Trina Schart Hyman) – Amazon Link
  5. “The Three Pigs” by David Wiesner – Amazon Link

Videos:

  1. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” by Disney – YouTube Link
  2. “Rapunzel” by The Brothers Grimm (Animated Fairy Tales for Children) – YouTube Link
  3. “Cinderella” by Disney – YouTube Link
  4. “Little Red Riding Hood” by Squeak – YouTube Link
  5. “The Three Little Pigs” by Disney – YouTube Link

Activities:

  1. Paper Plate Snow White Craft – Create Snow White’s face using a paper plate and art supplies.
  2. Yarn “Rapunzel’s Hair” Craft – Create a craft with yarn to represent Rapunzel’s long hair.
  3. “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” Craft – Decorate a paper slipper as Cinderella’s glass slipper.
  4. “Little Red Riding Hood’s Basket” Craft – Create a basket for Little Red Riding Hood.
  5. Build Pigs’ Houses – Use different materials to build houses and test their sturdiness.
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