Children LOVE visual aids when learning about fairy tales. Have you tried an interactive bulletin board? It’s a great way to extend learning beyond simple re-telling and to see stories in a new light. You can also use felt boards.
- Create a deeper understanding of the story
- Challenge children to think about the long-term ramifications of slight changes to one part of the story
- Encourage verbal skills for storytelling
- Provide a place for developing convincing arguments (that is, selling their ideas to others)
- Act as a writing prompt
- Develop alternate endings by challenging children to make it funny, sad, happy or unexpected
- 3 little pigs (mine have split pins so the arms and legs can be manipulated)
- 1 wolf
- 3 houses of brick, sticks and straw
- scenery: such as trees, paths, signs & barrels
- building materials: random bricks, sticks and straw (using 3D or real artefacts would be excellent)
How it is Used
- Initially I use the pieces as prompts, helping children grasp and re-tell the story
- Then I start moving the pieces around each morning before the children arrive
- During the day we have a class discussion debating why the pieces are where they are and what it might mean to the story
- Over time students gain confidence in their ability to alter story lines and will often start chatting about their ideas together as soon as they enter the classroom
- Sometimes we use objects from our Sound Box to create sound effects and engage more children in the storytelling process
3 Literacy Activities to use with Interactive Bulletin Boards
- Small groups: Children work together to devise a scenario to fit the bulletin board then act it out for the rest of the class (great for communicating, negotiating skills and team work)
- Whole group: Children create a completely new story by brain storming together while the teacher writes the evolving story onto large butcher paper (this can be turned into a class book with students writing and illustrating individual pages)
- Individual: In their writing journals, children use the board as an on-going writing prompt. For eg, Today a pig will….; The wolf wants to…; Why are the pigs…?
Here’s a link to another post with a free download focused on creating variations for the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill.