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There is something magical about a castle. Whether you have the opportunity to actually visit a castle somewhere in the real world, or you experience them vividly in your imagination, castles are a place where royal crowns cast their sparkling glow over a land full of of courageous conquests and magical mysteries-- coliding together in the best adventures. It doesn't take too much imagination to know that castles are place where just about anything can happen.
In week one of the fairy tale unit study, we covered the basic outline and common features of a fairy tale. You can find all the resources and plans here. This week, we focus our study on setting. A fairy tale can happen anywhere - from a field to a kingdom far far away, but it's usually not any REAL, geographical place. They leave much to the imagination, which enables the tale to become cross-cultural. I think that's so cool.
This week's class focuses on your child's imagination and unique style. They will learn step-by-step how to draw the parts of a castle, but then I just give them a starting place with ideas to complete the castle and make it look however they desire. No two castle will be the same - and just imagine the stories that will unfold in each one! Check it out here!
Once they've drawn their castle, try cutting it out and using it as part of a setting of your own fairy tale! My kids and I retold the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with legos and a castle taped to the wall. Let their imaginations soar as they create - it will be so much fun!
Your kids will absolutely love studying about the fairy tale! When you dig into the rich history and interesting cultural influences that are at the root of each story, the magic of the tale itself comes to life. As a unit study, the fairy tale can easily become a favorite topic. Start with week one, then work through this resource pack. It's so much fun!!
Since Jack and the Beanstalk has lots of fun setting ideas, the lesson plan in the resource pack below will not only go through that story, but also continue the work of writing a fractured fairy tale step-by-step, beginning with the setting. I've included a whole settings worksheet just to get the ideas rolling! Plus, there's a math surface area activity and lots of other fun ideas to further your study about fairy tales.