By Shelly Newman
First graders took to the stage at Sea Cliff School to celebrate the annual Fairy Tale Ball. This enchanting interdisciplinary event culminated over a month of literary studies in folk and fairy tales as part of the English curriculum. It also combined many lessons in art and music.
As part of the English curriculum under the Common Core, the first graders focused on story elements including: settings, story lines, characterization, and problems and solutions. Prior to the celebration, they were taught all about the wonders of magic, repeating words, and happy endings.
Parents, families, and friends were invited to the magical Fairy Tale Ball where their children dressed up as characters in literature to become part of their favorite fairy tales including Cinderella, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, and Jack and the Beanstalk. During the celebration, activities included charming skits, poems, limericks, and fun songs. Many thanks to music teacher, Ashley Hassett- Borders, who inspired students to learn numerous songs including the Fairy Tale Rap, Fairy Tales, and Young at Heart.
Under the direction of art teacher, Lisa Giurlanda, students created artifacts relating to the folk and fairy tale stories which were displayed in front of their classrooms for everyone to see! Bravo to the first grade teachers who helped their students not only learn the wonders of fairy tales but engaged all of the parents and family members in attendance to a captivating Fairy Tale Ball Celebration!
Article and photos by Shelly Newman
Article and some photos by Shelly Newman