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Exploring World Cultures, Myths & Folklore 3: European Fairy Tales -Grades 3/4/5

Filled with engaging vocabulary, reading, writing, social studies, and ELA activities, this 6-week course compares different versions of fairy tales and The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories), while developing Language Arts and history skills.
Alaina Bell Gao
330 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
50 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Wed Jan 11, 2023

Jan 11, 2023 - Feb 17, 2023 (6 weeks)
We, Th, Fr
9pm - 9:50pm
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Class Experience

This course will build up the students' skills in the grade 3, 4 & 5 American Common Core English standards, including reading literature, reading informational text, foundational reading skills, language (grammar, spelling & conventions), writing, and speaking and listening, as follows:

Grade 3 Literature -
Grade 3 Informational Text -
Grade 3 Foundational Skills -
Grade 3 Writing -
Grade 3 Language -
Grade 3 Speaking & Listening -

Grade 4 Literature -
Grade 4 Informational Text -
Grade 4 Foundational Skills -
Grade 4 Writing -
Grade 4 Language -
Grade 4 Speaking & Listening -

Grade 5 Literature -
Grade 5 Informational Text -
Grade 5 Foundational Skills -
Grade 5 Writing -
Grade 5 Language -
Grade 5 Speaking & Listening -

Please indicate which level of standards (grade 3, 4 or 5) your child is working on when you sign up for the course. Also, note that mastery is not promised by the end of the course, although there will certainly be improvement! This course is intended to be followed up with additional practice, whether that is part 4 of the course or additional practice at home or in school.
Daily homework will be assigned. Most days, the learner is able to choose their homework from a list of options.

There will be an average reading time of 30-60 minutes per day. 
Required Reading: 1) The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories, Book 1) Each learner must have their own copy of The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories, Book 1) that can be annotated, whether in the book, via sticky notes, or with electronic notes. 2) Five modern versions of fairy tales (See the details and suggestions below.) *Library books, digital copies, and online versions are fine! 3) This course also involves research, so the learners will be using Google or other research sites for children. They will also access an online dictionary and make use of Google Docs or Slides to work collaboratively on projects and to craft, proofread, and revise their writing with peer and teacher feedback. 4) Additional myths and folktales will be shared orally or via links or PDFs. Week 1: “Snow White” and “Cinderella” 1 Modern Version of “Snow White” or “Cinderella” (Choose one of these books or another modern version – book or online): -Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie -The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo -Domitila by Jewell Reinhart Coburn -Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie dePaola -Kao and the Golden Fish by Cheryl Hamada -The Golden Sandle: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox -The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin -Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci -An Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder -Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe- -The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo -The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony Mannal -Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven by Liesl Shurtliff -The Poisoned Apple by Anne Lambelet Week 2: “Goldilocks & the Three Bears”, “Hansel & Gretel”, and “The Frog Prince” 1 Modern Version of “Goldilocks & the Three Bears”, “Hansel & Gretel”, or “The Frog Prince” (Choose one of these books or another modern version – book version or online): -Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim -Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl -Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton -Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson -The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett -Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson -Somebody and the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst -Goldilocks Returns by Lisa Campbell Ernst -Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins -Me and You by Anthony Browne -Goldie and the Three Hares by Margie Palatini -Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley -Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems -Leola and the Honeybears by Melodye Benson Rosales -Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall -Deep in the Woods by Brinton Turkle Week 3: “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Rapunzel” 1 Modern Version of “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Rapunzel” (Choose one of these books or another modern version – book version or online): -Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell -Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa by Niki Daly -Lon Po Po by Ed Young -Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra -Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz -Little Red Riding Hood: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure by Eric Braun -Rapunzel: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure by Michele Jakubowski Week 4: “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “Three Billy Goats Gruff” 1 Modern Version of “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Little Mermaid”, or “Three Billy Goats Gruff” (Choose one of these books or another modern version – book version or online): -Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon -Sleeping Beauty, the One Who Took the Really Long Nap: A Wish Novel (Twice Upon a Time #2) by Wendy Moss -The Sleeping Beauty by New York City Ballet -Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen -Sleeping Beauty by Lynn Roberts-Maloney -The Little Mermaid by Jerry Pinkney -The Bully Goat Grim: A Maynard Moose Tale by James Stimson -Listen, My Bridge Is So Cool!: The Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as Told by the Troll by Nancy Loewen -The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney Week 5: “Jack and the Beanstalk” 1 Modern Version of “Jack and the Beanstalk” (Choose one of these books or another modern version – book version or online): -Move on Up That Beanstalk, Jack!: The Fairy-Tale Physics of Forces and Motion by Thomas Kingsley Troupe -Jack and the Beanstalk by Eric Metaxas -Waynetta and the Cornstalk: A Texas Fairy Tale by Helen Ketteman -Jack and the Beanstalk: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure by Blake Hoena Additional Reading/Viewing (Supplemental, but Optional): -The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald -The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe -Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland -The Wizard of Oz -The Sisters Grimm series -Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff -Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale by Sam Wedelich -The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka -The Other Side of the Story: Fairy Tales with a Twist by Nancy Loewen -Another Other Side of the Story: Fairy Tales with a Twist by Nancy Loewen -Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist by Jane Yolen -The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane Auch -Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein -Once Upon a Golden Apple by Jean Little -A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Park Klostermann -Once Upon a Slime by Andy Maxwell -A Midsummer Night's Fairytale: Shakespeare's Classic Play with a Fairytale Twist by Suzanne Tye
Tasks will be accompanied by a rubric and I am happy to provide feedback when requested. I will provide a final report to the parents based on the student's ability to follow the rubrics and adhere to the expectations (including task completion, formatting, grammar, spelling, creativity, etc.). My feedback will include anecdotal comments.
2 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Our main spine is an adventure-fantasy story and the characters face challenges on their journey. However, it is not particularly scary. 

The twins have just lost their father, though.

As for the fairy tales, this course deals with allusions and comparing the various versions. The originals by the Grimm brothers, etc. have harsher consequences and are not as sanitized as the modern versions. However, I will adjust for the students and do some editing when required.

The original fairy tales may be too intense for sensitive readers.
We will be reading:
-A Wishing Spell (Land of Stories, Book 1)
-nonfiction articles to provide a historical/cultural background
-multicultural versions of fairy tales that are alluded to in our novel


Alaina Bell Gao
Lives in Canada
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
330 total reviews
160 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an Ontario-certified (Canadian) English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience.

Teaching Style:
● Share the joy of learning
● Welcoming class culture
● Patient and cheerful... 
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