Cinderella activities engage students! Work your magic with story cubes, carriages, and social media posts. Your kids will love them.
Let’s look in on our favorite fourth grade teacher.
“Now it’s time for some fairy tale magic.” Ms. Sneed was in the middle of her Cinderella unit. Initially, her students compared Cinderella folktales and parody. Then she used some reading questions. Soon they’d begin a Cinderella-themed writing activity. But now she wanted to try some hands-on activities.
Cinderella Activities – Story Element Cubes
“First, I’d like you to learn about elements of fiction. I’ve sent you the link for an interactive website from Annenberg Learning. Jot down the story elements as you go.”
The students broke out their Chromebooks and got busy. Soon, everyone was up to speed on story elements.
“Now we’ll build some Cinderella story cubes,” said Ms. Sneed. “Grab your scissors and some tape.”
Everyone bustled around. “I love building things,” said a boy at the front table.
Once the cubes were finished, kids were ready for the next step. “In order to practice story elements, I’d like you to work in pairs. Choose one of the Cinderella stories we’ve already read, roll the die, and take turns identifying the elements. Then move through other stories on the list.” Ms. Sneed motioned to a list of Cinderella stories on the board:
- Cinderella retold by Charles Perrault
- Yeh-Shen retold by Ai-Ling Louie
- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters retold by John Steptoe
- The Rough-Face Girl retold by Rafe Martin
- Dinorella by Pamela Duncan Edwards
- Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman
- Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston
- Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson
As Ms. Sneed watched her students interact, a smile played along the ends of her mouth. “Yep,” she said to herself, “I need to use more alternatives to worksheets. They’re engaged and learning. And I don’t have to grade anything.”
Cinderella Activities – Cinderella Carriages
The next day, Ms. Sneed introduced another idea. “Today we’re doing a Cinderella carriage activity. You get to use your creative juices and draw.”
“Yay!” Her students started rummaging around their desks for their crayons and colored pencils. Simultaneously, their teacher gave each of them a paper.
“Okay, everybody, in the traditional story, Cinderella lives in the countryside. Her fairy godmother uses a pumpkin from the garden for a carriage. Then she gathers some mice for the horses. A rat and lizards become the coachman and footmen.
“Now you will think about a different Cinderella character. Depending on his or her occupation, you will think up a new carriage. In addition, you’ll work your magic to draw horses, a coachman, and footmen.”
A loud buzz filled the room. Undoubtedly, Ms. Sneed had lost their attention. But enough was said. After they shared the occupations on their sheets, the kids started sketching and coloring.
As Ms. Sneed circulated around the room, she noticed her students’ creativity. Once again, that famous smile broke out on her face.
Cinderella Activities – Social Media Pages
Ms. Sneed had more creative Cinderella activities up her sleeve. The following Monday, she was ready to talk about social media.
“How many of your parents have Facebook?” she asked. Nearly all hands went up. Ms. Sneed reviewed the format of this platform.
Next, she handed out some Cinderella social media templates. “First, choose a character from one of the books we read. Second, fill out this page. I’m sure you’ll have some clever things to say! Feel free to discuss it with your classmates.”
Ms. Sneed stepped back as a flurry of activity began. Some students hurried over to the books to look for characters. Others spoke excitedly with their friends. Still others began writing.
When all was said and done, Ms. Sneed reflected on the activity. “What better way to consider characters’ perspectives?” she thought. Without a doubt, this Cinderella activity was a winner.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.