I am in the process of posting teaching products I’ve made on Teachers Pay Teachers here on my blog. In the past I just didn’t have time with teaching full time, being a mom to two little boys and trying to keep the house in decent shape. But now that I am no longer teaching in a classroom, I have a bit more time on my hands, so my store on Teachers Pay Teachers has become a little more of a priority in regards to contributing financially to our family.
I solely create products to help teachers. It’s always been about sharing for me. I honestly had never thought about selling on Teachers Pay Teachers until a teacher friend gave me the idea because I shared so much of what I was creating. And I’m so glad I listened to her because it has really begun to help our family out.
I would never create a resource that I would not use in my own classroom. Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook are amazing places for teachers to go to get instant access to great products (Teachers Notebook is a little lesser-known but is just as great as TPT AND sellers get more of a percentage in sales). But I’ve also seen many products that are pushed out by sellers that are solely meant to make money. That will never ever be my mission.
My Fractured Fairy Tale Unit is my second highest-selling product (the first being my Personal Timeline Project). It has a perfect 4 star rating, which I am very proud of! So, I thought I’d finally highlight it here on my blog.
I am the exception to the rule when it comes to teaching writing. I LOVE it and always have! I’m sure that has something to do with being passionate about writing myself, but I’ve always enjoyed watching students dive deep into their imaginations and discover just what they are capable of creating.
I created this unit because I LOVE teaching fractured fairy tales, but I never found anything out there that had what I needed all in one place. So, I made it myself! I used this with 2nd grade, but it is very malleable and can be used for 2nd-4th. The only difference you will see is how complex the stories will turn out to be.
This unit is best used with a SMARTboard or projector. It comes with multiple posters that help guide you and your students through each step of the project. It follows the writing process, from brainstorming to publishing and gives examples of each. But don’t use this as an introduction to those steps; student should already have a basic understanding of each. You could use this as an intro, but expect to take much more time with it.
This is a hefty unit and needs devoted writing time during the day. Second graders will probably take at least a month or more to complete this project, depending on how much time you have allotted for writing. Fourth graders will take less, but again, that depends on the amount of time you have. But do not worry, there are so many great skills covered during this project that it is worth the time. Don’t rush it.
There is a four-page unit guide to help you plan out your unit. It maps it all out for you; all you nee to do is decide when you will do it.
You will want to collect a lot of classic and fractured fairy tales to have on hand. I just grabbed some from our school library and from fellow teachers. It helps to have similar versions organized together. On a bookshelf in my class each shelf had versions of one fairy tale. This made it easy for students to find what they were looking for. You will want multiple classic and fractured versions of the same tale (and various levels, depending on the levels of readers in your classroom), as students will use them to fill in a chart in preparation of writing their own version. If you decide to do the unit as a grade-level (mine did it last year!) you can share the books, have students from different classrooms pair up and buddy read them, etc. Just have them out for students to explore. You will need to have a copy of the original The Three Little Pigs (I actually showed my students an online read-along version that I found). That is the only one you will absolutely need; all others are will be for student reading. To help make things easier, in this unit I’ve included a comprehensive list of 62 published fractured fairy tale titles for you.
Here is the basic breakdown of the unit:
If you choose to do them on paper you can still read them to other classrooms and then display them on a bulletin board!
Here are a few more pictures of some of the unit:
There are a lot of extensions you can do with this unit. Before beginning the writing portion we focused solely on fairy tales in reading. I read the classic version of Cinderella to the class and then four fractured versions. Students then illustrated and wrote about the characters, setting, problem and solution. We did this for a week or so before beginning writing. It gave them a good foundation on the genre. Here is the bulletin board I made with students’ illustrations (the amazing castle was drawn by one of my prior aides!):