Once Upon a Time 


Students received a letter from the Gingerbread Man, wrote him back a reply, and created gingerbread people for this bulletin board.


Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Goldilocks and the Three Bears adapted by Jan Brett

Three Billy Goats Gruff adapted by Stephen Carpenter

Goldi Lox Has Chicken Pox by Erin Dealey

Pinocchio by Steffi Fletcher

Gingerbread Boy adapted by Paul Galdone

Three Billy Goats Gruff adapted by Paul Galdone

You Read to Me, I’ll read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

A First Book of Fairytales by Mary Hoffman

Harold’s Fairy Tale by Crockett Johnson

Jack and the Beanstalk adapted by Steven Kellog

Dusty Locks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell

Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell

Goldilocks and the Three Bears adapted by John Kurtz

Jack and the Bean Stalk adapted by John Kurtz

Snappy Little Fairytales: Pop  Up Book by Derek Matthews

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

The Gingerbread Man by CatherineMcCafferty

The Fairytale Cake by Mark Sperling

Goldilocks and the Three Bears adapted by Candice Ransom

Little Red Riding Hood adapted by Candice Ransom

Cinderella: Pop Up Fairytale adapted by Matthew Reinhart

Gingerbread Man adapted by Karen Lee Schmidt

The Three Pigs by David Weisner

Cinderella by Jane Werner

Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China

adapted by  Ed Young

Rumplestiltskin adapted by Paul O. Zelinsky


Students retell the sequence of The Gingerbread Boy

                using a scene mat and character cut-outs.





 Poems and Songs"

"All Around the Castle"

("Pop Goes the Weasel" tune)

All around the castle

The knight chased the dragon

The dragon thought it was all in fun.

"Roar!" went the dragon.


Goldilocks, Goldilocks, Turn Around” 

("Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around" tune)

Goldilocks, Goldilocks, turn around ,

(turn around)
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, knock on the door.

(knock with hands)
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, eat some porridge

(pretend to eat)
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, have a seat.

Goldilocks, Goldilocks, go to sleep.

(put cheek on folded hands.)
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, run, run, run.

(run off)






1.     Snow White-

      A. Count how many seeds are in each apple pattern.

      B. Put dwarf cut outs in numerical order according to the numbers written on their hats.

2.     Three Little Pigs-

     A. Place the correct number of tree sticks and block bricks on each house according to the number written on the roof.

     B. Practice ordinal numbers by putting color pig patterns in first, second, or third place according to teacher's instructions.

3.     Little Red Riding Hood-

    A. Place the correct number of fruit counters in each basket according to the number written on it.

    B. Estimate how many objects in a jar are red and then count to discover answer.

4.     Cinderella-

      A. Create patterns using color glass slipper patterns.

      B. Put crowns programmed with numerals in numeric order.

5.     Goldilocks and the Three Bears-

      A. Graph classroom objects according to size.

      B. Classify counting bears according to color.

      C. Estimate how many Teddy Graham cookies are in a jar and count to discover answer.

6.     The Gingerbread Man-

     A. Place correct number of buttons on each gingerbread man according to the number written on it.

     B. Create color pattern on Gingerbread Man cut out using buttons or candy.

 7. General-

     A. Place the correct number of gems on crown patterns according to the number written on them.

     B. Create a color or shape pattern on a crown pattern using rhinestones.





1. Snow White-

     A. Make homemade applesauce.

     B. Examine the inside of an apple.

2. Three Little Pigs-

    A. What items will blow in the wind? Make hypothesis and then test by placing in front of a fan.

    B. Make pigs in a blanket for a snack.

3. Little Red Riding Hood- What makes red? Mix orange and yellow paint to find out.

4. Cinderella-

     A. Examine the inside of a pumpkin.

     B. Make pumpkin pie.

     C. Use sense of touch to guess what small object is inside a slipper.

5.Goldilocks and The Three Bears-

   A. Classify items by whether they are hot or cold.

   B Taste "porridge" (oatmeal).

6. The Gingerbread Man-

   A. Make gingerbread man cookies. ( I buy a premade mix.)

   B. Smell Test- Have children smell ginger spice and try to guess what it is.

7. Three Billy Goats Gruff- Grow grass seeds in cups.

8. Jack and the Beanstalk- Grow lima beans or soak lima beans in a cup tp see what happens.






1. Snow White- Make dwarf paper bag puppets. Use construction paper, felt, and buttons for details.

2. Three Little Pigs- Children make one of the little pigs' houses using yarn for straw, toothpicks for sticks, and paper squares for bricks 


3. Hansel and Gretel- Make candy house. Cover sides of small milk container with white icing and graham cracker cookies. Decorate with icing and candy.                       


4. Cinderella-

    A. Cinderella and Prince Charming paper bag puppets

    B. Paper crown decorated with sequins

    C. Pumpkin Coach- Cut out pumpkin pattern. Add paper wheels and a window.

    D. Paper princes and princesses- Cut out and color patterns. Add glitter and sequin details to crown.


5. The Gingerbread Man- Students cut out gingerbread people patterns and decorate with wiggly eyes, rikrak ribbon, and buttons.


6. The Paperbag Princess-Color and cut out patterns to create popsicle stick puppets. Store in a paper bag.


5. General:

     A. Magic Wand- Students decorate star patterns with 

          sequins and glitter. Hot glue to a dowel and add

          curling ribbon. The Disney princesses were cut out

           from party store paper plates for the children glue

           on in the photo below.


B. Knight's Shield- Cut out shield pattern from posterboard. Attach posterboard handle to the back of the shield using a stapler.Give each child a calligraphy letter that his/her name starts with. Color and glue on. Add glitter details.



     Above is the block castle the class built for the Paperbag Princess. The doll came with The Paperbag Princess book I purchased from Barnes and Nobles. I made a popsicle stick dragon for the children to also use.


Fairytale Ball


Our unit ends with a “Fairytale Ball” at the end of the week. Children come to class dressed as a prince, princess, knight, or fairytale character. Centers, revolving around the fairytale theme, are set up around the room and small groups of children rotate through them. Afterwards, we eat cupcakes, drink juice, and listen and dance to Disney movie music.

I found these decorations for the ball at a local party store.