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Cinderella Around the World

Compiled By: shazam

Here is a collection of activities for teaching various Cinderella tales.

Fairy Tales
Posted by: Karen

You could do a Cinderella Around the World unit. The book Cinderella has been published in many different versions from various countries. You could then compare them using different graphic organizers. You could make up some word problems for math regarding those books or some pattern pair problems. I am not sure how you would integrate it with science at this point, but you could find a social studies connection: locating countries on the map, studying a country, finding longitude and latitude on a map...

Just an idea for you.

Project idea
Posted by: Melinda

You could read the various fairytales say on Cinderella. Then pick different settings, such as the Civil War, 1960's, American Revolution, The Great Depression, etc. The students do some research on the era, and create their own Cinderella version. My students loved this. We had the Great Depression. On of my students changed Cinderella to Stockella. It was great.


Fairy Tale Idea
Posted by: Nicole

In a Children's Literature class I am taking, we recently did a project involving the fairy tale of Cinderella. There are many versions of the story out there. (My professor had about 25 different books!) What we did was to get into groups and each group read a different version. (Caribbean, Russian, African, etc...) (You might need to read the "classic" version to your students first.) Then we compared the versions from other places to "our, classic" version. It was really interesting to see the way the stories changed from one culture to the next. Hope this helps.

Cinderella Tales
Posted by: La

Yeh-Shen (from China)
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (African),The Rough-Face Girl (Native American),The Egyptian Cinderella,Prince Cinders,Dinorella,
Cinderella Penguin,Cinder Elly,Cinderella Bigfoot
1.Create a Venn diagram comparing the stories Cinderella and any other version listed above. 2.Use the Venn diagram to write a comparative essay.3. Cause and Effect 4. How did the Cinderella chaacter's life change from the beginning of the story to the end?5. Realism and Fantasy 6.Follow-up research: penguins, snakes in Africa, dinosaurs7. Complete graphic organizer with details from the stories: clothes, family, chores, magic, happy endings 8. Sequence Chain of Events

Posted by: s. kuchinski

I have a lesson plan that I do with K's an 1st graders. After reading several cinderella tales from other countries and cultures, we graph (picto graphs)what each story had in common. We then make up our own tale and act it out in a "Readers Theatre " format. Students create tableaus (frozen poses) of different parts of the story. Small groups create a tableau and the rest of the class has to guess where it occured in the story. These activities
are great with fables as well. We watch and critique a ballet of Cinderella and compare it to
stories we have read. Students then perform the ballet (improv) to Prokoviev's music. Great fun!

You Gotta Read This Book
Posted by: Kelly

I don't have any fairy tale lessons or lessons for Cinderella, but I wanted to tell you about this really great book. The book is "Bubba the Cowboy Prince. The story is a western cinderella story. It is just like Cinderella, but it has to do with men instead of women. Bubba lives on a ranch with his father and 2 wicked step-brothers, Dewayne and Milton. The story goes pretty much like Cinderella, but instead of a slipper being left at the ball, a dirty cowboy boot is left. They will love this story!! My students like to hear me read Cinderella and then read Bubba the Cowboy Prince. Then we compare and contrast the two stories. Anyway, you just have to read this book to your students if you haven't already hear of the book.

Kelly :~)

Posted by: Dawn

At a reading inservice I attended this summer, I learned a neat trick. It was called SWBS, which stands for Somebody Wanted But So. You have the kids summarize by telling:
"somebody" (the main character, usually)
"wanted" (their motivation or purpose in the book or story)
"but" (the conflict--what stood in the way of what they wanted)
"so"--what the character did to solve the problem; a.k.a. the resolution.

You can model it by teaching with the Cinderella story:

Somebody (Cinderella)
Wanted (to go to the ball)
But (she had evil stepmother and stepsisters who wouldn't let her)
So (her fairly godmother stepped in and helped her go to the ball)

You could also model it using the other characters in the story (like the prince), and it would help teach the differenct characters' point of view and motivations.

It keeps it short and simple--I plan to use this in my class a lot this year.

comparing and contrasting
Posted by: suem

I have used Cinderella stories to teach comparing and contrasting. I read several of the worlds Cinderella stories, or for fourth grade they could read them and then write about the differences. I also show at least two Cinderella movies. This year it was Disney's Cinderella then Ever After. We do some of the comparing so they can get the idea of what I want. I ask questions ie. if there is a father around, step sisters or biological sisters, etc. They get teh idea fairly easily.

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Posted by: NJ Teacher

Heinemann has a series of paperback books called Worldscapes. Each country has a paperback biography, nonfiction text, and folktale included. We also teach world cultures by doing Cinderella stories around the world. Students listen to the stories for specific information that we fill out on sheets, and each child glues the info into a blank, "bare" book. We bought the ones with the continents on the covers, and they color them. We also have passports that were made from file folders. Each time we use one of the Worldscape books, see a video, make a flag etc., they fill out a page that we 3-hole punch into their passport folder.

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Posted by: Brooke S.

1. Write in script format and perform a play or readers theater.
2. Do a puppet show.
3. Read the various versions and do a Venn Diagram to compare/contrast.
4. Watch a movie versus the book and then compare.
5. Have students choose a character to dress up as after reading all the books. They can pretend to be the character.
6. Write a story with a different ending.
7. Combine two fairy tales together.
8. Make their favorite puppet and then do a puppet parade.

Cinderella- have chores for the students to do.
~clean board
~sweep/vacuum the floor
~take out trash, etc.

Jack and the Beanstalk-
~make a beanstalk out of butcher paper
~decorate a bean and make it magical

The Three Little Pigs-
~have a team of three make a diaroma for each type of house. Then have them retell the story.

The Three Bears-
~have 3 chairs (too small, just right, too big)
~ eat oatmeal

Santa letters
Posted by: Wendy

My students are going to choose a character from a book, fairy tale, cartoon, etc. and write a letter to Santa from that character's point of view. For example, if a student chooses Cinderella they could write that she would like a vacuum cleaner, washing machine to help around the house. Or a vacation away from from her evil stepsisters and stepmother. Students need to have atleast three paragraphs (intro paragraph, detail paragraph describing what they want for Xmas, and a wrap-up paragraph). I hope this helps. Wendy

Focus on settings
Posted by: Mrs. T

My class did a literature study of fairy tales and used different versions of several fairy tales including Cinderella to focus on setting (Dinorella, Cindy Ellen, Sleeping Ugly, etc,). We read and discussed these stories and how the setting changed the events, characters and "accessories" of the story. Then, they wrote their own fractured fairy tales and paid specific attention to the setting. Their stories were amazing!