First, I peaked the students interest by putting up a beanstalk in the room. I pieced it little by little. You would never believe how many times I heard them say to each other, "I can't wait to see what that's all about. Betcha's gonna be good." Hearing this made me giggle inside. Here are some pictures of the assembly of the beanstalk.
Next, I read several fairy tales stories to the kids during the week to go along with the unit. It really got them into the unit. I also strategically chose some "broken" fairy tales from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Those kids were rolling on the ground with laughter. Noticed how I said strategically; I made sure the chosen stories went along with what we already covered. We didn't have enough time to read them all.
Finally, we read Jack and the Beanstalk on Friday. I read the story but didn't read the ending. Then I gave them their assignment. They were to create an alternate ending to the popularly known ending of this story. I mean who would have thought they would react with cheers and fist pumps. Ha! Once they were finished they got to share their endings. The class voted on which were the best ones, and these were clipped onto the beanstalk. The kids left telling the next group how much fun they had. I am attaching a link to the writing page I created. Let me know what you think. Talk with you soon! ;)
(Final days of Unit)