Hansel’s Pebble Path

Given a creative teaching approach and suitable supplemental activities, children’s literature can be used successfully as a content base for the preschool classroom.

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Appropriate selections give students exposure to new, illustrated vocabulary in context, provide repetition of key words and phrases that students can master and learn to manipulate, and provide a sense of accomplishment at the completion of study that finishing a worksheet cannot provide.

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Recreating parts of a well-read book is a pleasure, and students feel a sense of accomplishment when they have mastered a piece of literature, regardless of whether it is The Cat in the Hat or Ulysses.

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For this activity, we recreated part of the story of Hansel and Gretel. In the story, the siblings are led into the middle of a forest, and Hansel uses pebbles to find his way back home.

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To demonstrate their understanding of this section of the story, we created our own path of pebbles.

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We then practiced acting out this part of the story with our friends!

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