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Here is another arithmetic lesson involving writing and fairy tales


Language Arts, Math  


2, 3, 4, 5  

Karin Otto


Topic: Arithmetic

Grade Level: 2 and up

Materials: crayons, paper

Description of activity:

Ask the students to revise their favorite fairy or folk tale to include numerical information. This new version of the tale can be used as a source for generating story problems.

Directions to the student:

1. Pick a favorite fairy tale or folk tale. Read the tale you have chosen.

2. Rewrite the tale by adding numerical information.

3. Write five story questions that someone else could answer using the added information.

Sample tale: “The Five Bears” by Andrea Kachel, Grade 2, Jefferson Elementary School

Once upon a time there were five bears. The Papa bear was the oldest. He was 39 years old. Next came the Mama bear. She was 36 years old. Next came their son Andrew. He was 18 years old. Next came Andrea. She was 9 years old. Last came Jessica. She was 3 years old and a real brat. Every day Mama bear would leave for work at 7:00 in the morning and she would get home at 5:00 in the afternoon. The children left for school at 8:00 in the morning and came home on the hot, noisy, bumpy bus at 3:30. Papa bear took baby Jessica to the day care at 9:00 in the morning on his way to work in the honey factory.

Source: “Teaching Children Mathematics” February 1995

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