Fairy Tales and Folklore

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Fairy Tales and Folklore


Brooks, Susan, Technology & Learning


Originally told to make a point with adult listeners, fairy tales and folklore have become foundation stones of the cultures they represent, teaching the values and mores of a society and providing windows for understanding the peoples who created them. These sites offer wonderful opportunities for students to read and learn about different cultures through the world of fantasy.

* Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By (www.stories togrowby.com/) This site is designed for elementary-and middle-school-aged students. There are areas for kids, teachers, and parents, and the stories are searchable by topic or by age groups that range from 6 to 12 years. The stories are from all over the world, and there are accompanying activities.

* Hiyah.com Library (www.hiyah.com/library.html) If you want a site where primary and elementary students can read along with narrated versions of tales, you'll want to start here. Children will be familiar with most of the nine stories that currently fall into the fairy tale category. Beauty and the Beast, The Tin Soldier, and The Three Pigs are included.

* SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages (members.aol.com/ surlalune/frytales/index.htm) Middle and high school students will enjoy exploring this site. Tales are categorized by themes such as Cinderella stories or Hansel and Gretel stories. Within each theme, students can learn about the history of the story, read an annotated version of the tale, find out about stories with similar plot lines, and more.

* Wendy's World of Stories for Children (www.wendy. com/children) Students in upper-elementary grades will enjoy this site. There are illustrated fables, folktales, fairy tales, and campfire stories available for reading. The text is large and very easy to read on the screen. …

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