Classroom Activity Inspired by Whatever After: Fairest of All
by Alana Pedalino and Hisami Aoki
You may be familiar with classic fairy tales, but you’ve never seen them like this before!
Fractured fairy tales like the ones Sarah Mlynowski writes in the Whatever After series are familiar stories with exciting twists—and there are many different ways to bring them to life. You can write them, of course…or you can create shoebox dioramas by following these easy instructions!
First, you need a story that puts a modern twist on a classic fairy tale. If your students have one in mind, run with it! Or check out this week’s Behind the Scenes post to use Sarah Mlynowski’s personal Fractured Fairy-Tale Idea Generator.
Here’s what we came up with:
No Snow White: The 12 dwarves live in a present-day smart house, and they’re doing just fine cooking, cleaning, and reaching cupboards without Snow White thanks to the modern amenities!
Veggie Hansel and Gretel: The witch decorates her house with candy but makes delicious and healthy farm-to-table food with the veggies in her garden. No children for dinner here!
Insomnia Beauty: This princess stays up all night stargazing and reading Whatever After stories because she knows she’s going to fall asleep for 100 years someday.
This is the fun part. Once your students have come up with their stories, it’s time to decide how to bring them to life. Brainstorm what single scene can represent each new story. Then build it inside a shoebox using art supplies.
You can make yours using supplies found around the house or classroom—get creative! Here’s what we used:
• Pipe cleaners
• Cotton balls
• Acrylic paint
• Construction paper
• Decorative paper
And here’s how our shoebox dioramas came out!
The most important thing to remember is to have fun! When finished, encourage your students to share their creations with the class. Be sure to post pictures on social media with the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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