Friday, June 13, 2014

Fractured Fairy Tales and Fun Science!

Every year I wrap up fourth grade with a unit on fractured fairy tales.  This is one of my favorite units to teach.  I created a file that I use in my classroom on TPT.  To purchase it click on the picture below.
We use the Trophies series as our basal reader.  In it is the story Red Writing Hood.  It aligns perfectly with fractured fairy tales.  It is a very funny play and great introduction to the unit. We read examples of fairy tales and their fractured counterparts.  The students study the elements of fairy tales and we culminate the unit by writing our own fractured fairy tales.  Below are some student examples:
This was such a funny story!  He included tons of other fairy tale characters and gave them funny jobs.
This was a cute combination of Red Riding Hood and Cinderella trekking through the forest to grandma's house.
This was Snow White told from the perspective of the Dwarves.  I literally laughed out loud reading this!  She is such a good writer!
We have spent some time this week reading these aloud.  It's a great way for the students to share their work and be proud of their stories.
In science we wrapped up our unit on electricity and magnetism.  To finish the year off I wanted to do some fun science activities with the students.   I always do an egg drop.  I will share more about this when we do the actual drop next Wednesday!  I also decided to do tie dye tee-shirts with Sharpie markers.  I have done this in the past and it is such a blast.  I created the product below to align with this fun activity.

We just started tie dying on Wednesday but already we have some great designs.

This one below was  a sunflower.
This is the before of the little piggy.
And here is the after...
We played around with different designs, patterns, and pictures.
This one turned out so neat!
Have you ever done tie dye with Sharpie markers in the past?

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