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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Fairy Tale unit is wrapped! I know I have a lot of favorites, but there is nothing I don't like about exploring fairy tales with my students.

"The Three Billy Goats Gruff" was the story we heard last week. I used storytelling with this one again and utilized magnetic story board pieces with my storytelling. The kids love the story board pieces! It's always fun because there's usually at least one or two students that express some disappointment at the start of the story because I'm not reading from a book with pictures. But once I pull out the troll story piece and use my funny troll voice, they are sold!

My favorite thing about this story is making the students jump in surprise when I use the troll voice for the first time. That switch from the sweet voice I use for the goats to the harsh voice I use for the troll always gives them a startle. And then they all laugh at the fact that they got so startled!

When I finished telling this story all my students immediately wanted to act it out like they did with "The Three Little Pigs." I thought that was great! So I of course let them do that. They all took dibs on parts (we had multiple children playing each role, but it worked), and we had a blast with it.

The kids also got their own story board pieces to color and take home and use to tell the story! It's always tough to make sure each student keeps track of all their pieces. Hopefully they all made it home with their complete set of pieces... but I'm not sure.

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