First-graders learn through classic fairy tales

  • Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:15 a.m.
Salisbury Academy first-graders read fairy tales.
Salisbury Academy first-graders read fairy tales.

Once upon a time, 16 curious students at Salisbury Academy learned lessons of literacy by bringing to life classic fairy tales.

Through their recent Readers Theatre program, Salisbury Academy first-grade students learned through reading and discovery.

The incorporation of fairy tales is one portion of the first grade curriculum at Salisbury Academy. “Studying fairy tales includes not only the literature portion of the curriculum, but also incorporates writing, geography, fine-motor skills and social skills, said Reading Specialist Melissa Brown. “This program also provides our parents the opportunity to see how fluency is practiced in the classroom.”

In preparation for the Readers Theatre, students auditioned for the parts and practiced by reading for fluency, paying attention to punctuation, adding expression and listening for cues for their speaking parts.

During the presentation, first-grade students, dressed in costumes, read from their scripts, which were adapted to the childrens’ reading levels, including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Bean Stalk” and “Too Much Noise” based on the story “It Could Always be Worse” by Margot Zemach.

“This gives students essential practice in reading aloud with expression and pausing at punctuation,” Brown said. Students also followed along silently, listened for spoken cues as an indicator of their turn to read. They also practiced audience manners while waiting for their turn to perform.

“Children love a good fairy tale because the stories are so imaginative and can take us to places we cannot go in ordinary life. Fairy tales teach problem solution skills, develop creativity and convey timeless lessons and values,” said first-grade teacher Jody Robins. “The project allowed us to engage the students in lessons and skills across our curriculum.”

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