One of the literature genres that are important in expanding literacy skills is fairy tales. Rumplestiltskin is a fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm often used as an example of a fairy tale. This story has opportunities for literacy activities for grade levels from Pre-K through sixth. This article provides a variety of literacy activities and is divided into grade level groupings. These activities assume the book was either read to or with the students prior to the activities.
Pre-K through grade 2 – Students at this skill level can put a series of pictures into the correct order through a cut and paste activity. The number of pictures can range from four to eight. They should be taken from the version of the book the students are familiar with.
Grade 3 through grade 4 – Students in these grade levels can be given a template to write a two sentence summary of the beginning, middle and end of the story. The template should encourage use of one main idea and one detail for each section of the story.
Grade 5 through grade 6 – Upper elementary students can work through an activity where they are given the beginning, middle and ending to the story as told in the version they’ve read. Ask them to rewrite one of the three sections (or all three depending on the skill level of the students).
Pre-K through grade 2 – A good comprehension activity for these grade levels that enhances comprehension of the story is making a list of those things in the story that could be real, and those things that could be magical or fantasy. Pre-K students can do this as a group with the teacher scribing.
Grade 3 through grade 4 – Students at these grade levels can demonstrate comprehension by completing a cloze activity based on the version of the story they read.
Grade 5 through grade 6 – Comprehension skills in these grades should be more developed. Students can complete a Cause and Effect template that shows how the action in the story progressed. The template should be divided into Miller’s daughter and Rumplestilskin and can how one character’s actions create reactions by the other character.
Pre-K through grade 2 – Vocabulary for these grade levels should be introduced before the story is read, discussed again during the reading and reviewed after the story is read. The before and after vocabulary activities can include drawing activities.
Grade 3 through grade 4 – Introducing the vocabulary from this fairy tale is an opportune time to practice dictionary skills. Students can be divided into groups and do presentations of the words they were given to find, or students can be given a multiple choice activity with guide words provided and they choose under which set of guide words a specific vocabulary word would be found.
Grade 5 through grade 6 – Many of the vocabulary terms in Rumplestiltskin should be familiar to students at these grade levels. Their understanding of the use of the vocabulary can be enhanced by asking them to substitute words for specific terms found in the story. For example, can they describe a miller in a different way that would fit into the story?
Pre-K through grade 2 – Students at these grade levels should be introduced to setting, characters and plot as story element terms. They can draw a picture of one of the setting elements (perhaps the tower), name the characters in the story and take turns retelling the story to review the plot.
Grade 3 through grade 4 – Students in these grades can concentrate on one of the story elements in more depth. For instance, they could demonstrate how Rumplestiltskin’s character traits are shown in action.
Grade 5 through grade 6 – At the upper elementary level, a good activity is to have the students concentrate on the plot. Ask them to rewrite the story from a different point of view, perhaps writing the story in the first person as the Miller’s Daughter.
Pre-K through grade 6 – This is an additional character activity that can be modified by the students’ skill level. Have the students create a WANTED poster for Rumplestiltskin. Posters by lower level students can concentrate on a single character trait or on the letters in the name. Mid-grade posters should show more detail with students finding creative ways to incorporate some of the character traits into the poster. Upper elementary students should be able to produce detailed posters which, between pictures and words, give a full portrait of the character Rumplestiltskin.
Using these activities with Rumplestiltskin will carry the story from just a study of a specific genre example to a multi-faceted literacy lesson that reviews or enhances skills used in the study of any literary genre.