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Keywords: Writing, Digital, Fairytale
Subject(s): Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, Drama
Grades 4 through 6
School: Hope Elementary School, Hope, KS
Planned By: Barbara Lorson
Original Author: Barbara Lorson, Hope
1. As a class read and study several fairytales. You can do this online or if you have fairytales in your classroom you could read those also. Several websites are listed below where you can read online.
2. Discuss the characteristics of a fairytale. The students can use the websites listed to research the characteristics.
3. Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4. Tell them they will be writing their own fairytale making sure they use the characteristics of a fairytale.
4. Once the fairytale is written, have them divide the fairytale into scenes that can be depicted using digital pictures. (If they have not used a digital camera in class before, then there should be a lesson given on the care and use of the camera.)
5. They should then decide on props and costumes that they will need to bring in order to pose for the pictures.
6. The group should then take the pictures needed for their story.
7. Transfer the pictures to a student's computer. (This can be done by the teacher or a reliable student. If they haven't used Power Point before they will need to be instructed on how to use Power Point. This project is usually best after they have used Power Point several times.)
8. The group then uses that computer and Power Point to insert the pictures onto slides. They will type the section of the fairytale that goes with each picture.
9. Each group will end up with a Power Point presentation of their fairytale.
The groups could present their digital fairytales to other classes. They could also use the same photos and story and use moviemaker.
Links: Characteristics of Fairytales
Grimm's Fairytales
Classic Fairytales
The Genre of Fairytales
Materials: Point and Shoot
Other Items: 2 Kodak C613 digital cameras, $79.95 each, total of $159.90
2 Resilient Kodak camera cases, $9.99 each, total of $19.98