Fairy Tales have been loved for generations and are a wonderful teaching tool. They are quick to read and can be used to introduce students to many concepts including the elements and structure of stories, character analysis, vocabulary, problem solving and morals. Also, using different versions of fairy tales allows you to teach students to compare and contrast the stories. The possibilities are endless and planning a teaching unit based on fairy tales can be overwhelming. To help you get started with a unit on fairy tales, I have created no prep activities to go along with fairy tales that have been favorites for generations.
Let’s take a look at the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tales activities packet.
The Jack and the Beanstalk Fairy Tale Activities packet is filled with plenty of no prep activities that can be used to help your children explore this timeless tale. Besides literacy skills, the activities included cover math and science outcomes and are suitable for students as young as Kindergarten to second grade. I’ve made all the activities no prep so that they can be used as standalone activities or to supplement your lessons and save you time.
Here is a small sample of the some of the activities included in the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale packet.
Jack and the Beanstalk Literacy Activities
For kindergarten students, there are a variety of Jack and the Beanstalk themed alphabet and phonic activities. For older students, there are a variety of story comprehension activities, fairy tale sequencing activities, grammar and vocabulary activities. These no prep worksheets are great for reinforcing literacy outcomes and can be used in literacy centers, small group work, or for morning work during a Jack and the Beanstalk unit.
Alphabet Letter J Sort
In the alphabet Letter J Sort, students cut and paste the letter J based on whether it is uppercase or lowercase. A variety of fonts have been used to increase the students awareness of different text types.
Alphabet Letter J Maze
To further reinforce recognition of the letter J, students can complete the Letter J Maze activity. Students help Jack get away from the giant by following the letter j path.
The Sounds of Letter G Phonics Activity
In addition to alphabet activities, there are a variety of phonic activities included in the packet. This activity focuses on the sounds of the letter g. Students sort and paste pictures based whether the beginning sound is a hard or soft g.
Color by Word Family
In this activity, students color the Jack and the Beanstalk picture using the alk word family coloring code.
Emergent Writing Activities
To support emergent writers, a selection of labeling and complete the sentence activities are included in the packet. Students use the word bank to label the characters Jack and the Giant. At the bottom of the page, students trace a sentence and fill in the missing words to complete the sentence. The missing words are also included in the word bank. These activities are great for reinforcing the concept of characters in a fairy tale while getting our youngest students writing.
Picture Writing Prompts
For more open ended writing activities, a variety of picture writing prompts have been included. These cover the characters as well as the various settings in the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. A vocabulary word bank is included with each writing prompt to support students with their spelling and to give them ideas for their writing.
Included in the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale packet are several story sequencing activities. A story sequencing activity is ideal for teaching fairy tale story structure, fairy tale comprehension, and fairy tale recall skills. Two types of story sequencing activities are included in the packet; a picture sequencing worksheet and a text based sequencing worksheet. Below is a the picture fairy tale sequencing activity in action.
Grammar and Vocabulary Activities
Numerous grammar and vocabulary activities are provided in the Jack and the Beanstalk packet. These include worksheets such as complete the sentences, true or false comprehension, punctuation worksheets, parts of speech, and fun activities such as crosswords and word finds.
In the Jack and the Beanstalk Sentences worksheet, students use the word bank to fill in the missing words and complete the sentences. This activity is great for using as a story recall activity.
The Jack and the Beanstalk Punctuation worksheets is great for reviewing types of sentences, and the correct ending punctuation for these sentences.
Crosswords and word finds are fun activities to review the vocabulary from the fairy tale. These can be used for morning work or homework during your fairy tale unit.
Jack and the Beanstalk Math Activities
To create a complete Jack and the Beanstalk thematic unit, numerous no prep math activities are included in the packet. These are great as standalone activities or to support hands on activities prepared for the fairy tale unit.
Kindergarten students will love these Jack and the Beanstalk themed counting worksheets. They are fun and engaging and will integrate easily with your lessons during a Jack and the Beanstalk unit.
In the Spin and Color a Ten Frame worksheet, students use a paper clip to spin a number and color the matching ten frame which is located on a gold coin. This printable is ideal for reinforcing counting 1-10 with kindergarten students.
Skip counting by 2s and 5s is covered with the Skip Counting with Jack activity. Students climb the beanstalk by writing the missing numbers in the skip counting sequencing.
Addition and Subtraction Activities
It’s easy to create hands on math centers with the addition and subtraction worksheets included in the packet. Provide students with math counters to represent beans along with this subtraction printable and you have a ready made math center. Other activities included in the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale packet cover skills such as ways to make 10 with magical beans, color by addition, and counting dimes and pennies to find how much the cow cost.
No Jack and Beanstalk unit would be complete without an activity on comparing the sizes of the characters in the fairy tale. In the Ordering by Size activity, students cut and paste the Jack and the Beanstalk characters from shortest to tallest. Then, using the base ten block, students write the height of the characters. This printable is ideal for reinforcing measurement with non-standard units.
There is also an activity for teaching measurement with standard units. In the Jack and the Beanstalk measurement worksheet, students use the rulers to measure the objects in inches.
Jack and the Beanstalk Science Activities
The Jack and the Beanstalks fairy tale lends itself well to a study of plants. Included in this packet are activities that cover Plant Needs, the Parts of a Plant, the Parts of a Seed, and the Lifecycle of a Bean Plant. These printables are a great supplement to any hands on science activities about plants during the fairy tale unit.
It’s best to start with the basics and identify exactly what a plant needs to grow and thrive. In this worksheet, students identify the needs of a plant by cutting and pasting what a plant needs and what a plant doesn’t need.
You’re students can learn about the lifecycle of a bean plant with the following no prep activity.
This is just a small sample of the no prep activities included in the Jack and the Beanstalk Fairy Tale Activities packet.
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