Reading a storybook to your elementary students can be one of many ways to engage them into investigating storybook connections. No matter how you can encourage them to read, it is these storybook connections that become important to developing their retention of the stories they are reading.
I recently did some storybook connection investigations when we were reading Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! The Story of The Three Bears By Nacy Loewen. This fractured fairytale has a super silly twist with tons of humor that will make children giggle with glee throughout the entire book. The story is told by Sam, aka Baby Bear, who tells his story of how he met Goldilocks. Goldilocks as a character in this storybook is updated, taking cellphone pictures throughout, jumping on beds, and being more personable, which in turn makes this overall story line seem more relatable to children that it may have actually happened.
After reading this fun story, that by the way, my son Beck even loved although he is in a phase against anything fairytale or princess, simply provide your child 3 different sets of colored strips of construction paper (I used yellow, brown, and white), a pencil, a stapler, and get ready to connect different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears through their story elements. This hands-on lesson is a fun way to visually compare and contrast different versions of the same storybook.
Here is how I taught this lesson to my kids:
- I gave my kids 3 strips of yellow construction paper. On the yellow strips I had the kids work as a team to write down key facts from the twisted storybook version of Goldilocks that made it unique and different from the traditional storybook version.
- Then, on the 3 strips of brown construction paper that I had them work together as a team to write down key facts from the traditional storybook version of Goldilocks that made it unique and different from the twisted storybook version.
- Finally, on one white strip of construction paper I had them write facts that both the traditional version and the twisted tale have in common. This white strip then makes the connection between the two story chains.
With this hands-on activity my kids not only loved this storybook; but also, they had a blast working together as a team to visually connect the traditional version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to the twisted fairytale storybook Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! The Story of The Three Bears.
How do you make connecting stories and characters more fun in your lessons?