Fairy Tales in First

We are knee-deep in one of my favorite units in first grade: fairy and folk tales!

The kiddos always love this unit because many of the stories are so familiar, and we also write fairy tale and folk tale type stories which they always love. Also, they always have an easier time retelling fairy tales because they are so familiar.

The first story they got to write was “My 3 Wishes”. The boys pretended they met a magic genie, and the girls pretended they met a fairy godmother and they got to write about the three things they wished for. It was interesting to see their variety of wishes from money, to candy, to a palace, to a comfy chair (go figure!). The best part? They got to write their final draft on these pictures I drew!


Last week was the second week of fairy tales, so my kiddos got to try their hand in writing their own fairy tale. We talked about all of the elements of fairy tales and then we talked about some of the things they could use from the books we have read: poison fruit, sleeping spells, evil queens, etc. They used this cute and fun castle web that I made for their pre-writing. It would also work well for retelling a fairy tale after reading it. Click the picture to download it for free.

fairy tale castle prewriting

This week we’re going to start folk tale. Fun fun! I can’t wait! Hopefully I’ll have some great ideas to share with all of you.


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Have a lovely week!

Martha from Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Merinda Nunez Powell
    February 11, 2013 5:51 am

    What cute sheets. I love how you made a genie for the boys. It is so hard to get some of them into fairy tales:) Thanks for sharing!!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 11, 2013 6:16 pm

      Thanks Merinda! Surprisingly, my boys were TOTALLY into them this year, but they did prefer the genie over the fair godmother. 😉

  • Cathy
    February 11, 2013 6:48 am

    I just finished fantasy writing using the unit we created at http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com but am going to print these off for next year. They will be a great addition to what I have. Love the castle-like layout!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 11, 2013 6:16 pm

      You are so welcome! My students got very, very excited when they got to use the castle. 🙂

  • Marissa
    April 15, 2014 8:16 pm

    Do you have a pdf template of that super cute genie/fairy godmother writing page? I would love to use it for our first grade team when we are writing our own fairy tales next week!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      April 16, 2014 5:27 am

      I don’t because it was hand drawn. Sorry!

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