Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fairy Tales - Robert Munsch Style

Well we continued Fairy Tale/Storytelling activities this week and as promised, I have Paper Bag Princess and Mud Puddle activities to share.


 Ok Ok, Mud Puddle is not exactly a fairy tale. But as I have mentioned I like to bend the rules and include a variety of stories into this unit. ESPECIALLY trickster tales. I LOVE trickster tales. We started working on Tops and Bottoms on Friday but didn't finish due to the super awesome two hour weather delay gifted upon us. Pictures soon to come.

A while ago, we (my team) decided that a good way to start thinking about fairy tales was to focus on the settings of each story. Our students have a particularly difficult time understanding setting for some reason and we figured that focusing on setting would be a good way to see commonalities across Fairy Tales. So I decided to have my kids make a setting book for The Paper Bag Princess and Mud Puddle and use these settings as a backdrop for retelling the stories.

This is my example:

The puppets. Princess Elizabeth is double-sided.

 The castle pre-dragon smash:

Elizabeth goes to the dragon cave to trick the dragon and rescue Prince Ronald

Elizabeth realizes Ronald is a JERK and doesn't get married after all BUT still lives happily ever after.

And here are the Mud Puddle pictures:

Jule Ann's Backyard:

Jule Ann getting squeaky clean.

 Jule Ann decides to wear a raincoat:

The Mud Puddle Awaits his second attack:

Baggie for the puppets attached to the back of the setting book:

FYI - If your school has a subscription to TumbleBooks (which I highly recommend) You can watch an animated telling of Mud Puddle on that site.


  1. My students LOVED Mud Puddle! We use TumbleBooks at the end of the day, while waiting for dismissal- definitely a great resource!

    Sparkles, Smiles, and Successful Students

  2. SUPER cute! My kids LOVE listening to Robert Munsch stories on his official website. They especially liked "Smelly Socks." :)

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  3. Hi! Love your blog! Totally random question for you!?
    Are you selling your other Words Their Way board games?

    Thanks so much!


  4. Is there any way to purchase the paper bag puppets printable?

  5. I LOVE the idea of a setting book. Thanks for the idea. This would be great in a centre.

    Reading with Mrs. D