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Fairy Tale Study: Little Red Riding Hood

Use this Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale study to help your intermediate students explore fairy tales.

This is another free resource for teachers and families from The Curriculum Corner.

This Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale study will be a good addition to your fourth, fifth or sixth grade reading classroom.

To create these lessons, we used Little Red Riding Hood: Stories Around the World by Jessica Gunderson.

Often times children explore fairy tales and fables in the primary grades.

Children will explore versions of Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man.

There are still many lessons for children to gain from a study of fairy tales as they get older. However, sometimes we find that they have read popular Cinderella adaptations over and over.

Teachers have asked us to create ideas for these older children.

We have found a series of books that gives students a little more of the traditional fairy tales.

These are definitely geared towards children who are a little older.

What we like best is that each book contains three versions of the fairy tale from different cultures.

Beyond the activities we are sharing below, you might also encourage students to explore more about the cultures from each version of the story. For example, Grandaunt Tiger is Taiwanese. Students could search for hints in the story that help us learn more about the people.

Little Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale Study

Noticings: a blank anchor chart and recording page for noticings. Have students glance through the books and then read. As they look and read, they will record what they notice about the fairy tales in each story.

What is a Fairy Tale? The author begins with a page that tells the importance of fairy tales in cultures throughout time. She includes reasons that there are so many variations of each tale. This page asks students to share what they have learned about fairy tales.

Story Map: You might use this page to ask students to complete a story map for each Little Red Riding Hood version

Comparing Stories Chart: Students can create a visual to highlight the difference they find in each version of this traditional fairy tale.

Focus on Theme: Students choose one version and talk about the theme.

How I feel: Students share their reactions as they read.

Reading Task Cards: This page contains four cards that can be used to guide center activities.

Word Work: We have included words that might be new to students on word cards along with a word map page.

Reading Responses: You will find six preprogrammed reading response pages plus one blank page for you to add your own prompt.

Create your own Version: Students can use the planner to lay out their own version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Build a Door: Add a STEAM activity to your literacy centers by having children build a door the wolf will be unable to get through. Provide your students with different materials they can use. One challenge you can add is to ask them to determine how they will test the door. This portion of the activity can be a class discussion. Children will agree upon the way to test each group’s door.

Lined Papers: You can use these blank pages for students to write their own version of Little Red Riding Hood or other activities as desired.

You can download this free book study here:

Fairy Tale PDF


Looking for other resources you might like to add to your fairy tale focus? You might like these freebies we have created:

You can purchase the book we used through Amazon (contains affiliate link):

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