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Fairytales Spark Ethics Debate ~ Puss In Boots and Jack and the Beanstalk

Fairytales Spark Ethics Debate ~ Puss In Boots and Jack and the Beanstalk What better way to spark a spirited classroom debate on ethics than by exploring the complex messages often found in fairytales? Children enjoy a cozy familiarity with fairy tales. By basing a discussion of ethics on fairytales, you are launching from common […]

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The Power of Storytelling ~ Stories Hold Magic and Values for Children

 The Power of Storytelling Remember the ending to The Wizard of Oz, when Glenda the good Witch asks Dorothy what she had learned in her journey. Dorothy says, "I suppose I learned that when you wish and wish for your heart's desire but you can't find it, then maybe it's in your own back yard […]

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Teaching Kindness with “The Talking Fish”

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom with “The Talking Fish” "A kindness is never lost, even if you throw it into the water." This is the theme of the "The Talking Fish".  A folktale from Armenia, The Talking Fish tells the story of a poor, desperate fisherman's assistant who throws a magical talking fish back into […]

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Stories of Kindness and Gratitude for Thanksgiving

Stories of Kindness and Gratitude for Thanksgiving

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Lesson Plan: The Girl Who Changed Her Fate: Theme of Self-Reflection

Lesson Plan: The Girl Who Changed Her Fate: Theme of Self-Reflection   Looking for a great story to excite your students about the New Year, while also reinforcing the theme of Self-Reflection and the idea that we all have control over our own fate? Would you also like to have some fun in your literary […]

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Teaching the Theme of Honesty while Comparing/Contrasting Similar Texts with Cinderella

Teaching the Theme of Honesty while Comparing/Contrasting Similar Texts with “The Native American Cinderella” and "Cinderella" Stories to Grow by Looking for a great text on teaching the Theme of Honesty? Would you also like to teach Elementary students (Perfect for 2nd-4th) how to Compare/Contrast Similar Texts? At the same time, would you like to […]

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March Theme Stories for Kids: Girls of Courage

March Theme Focus: Girls of Courage  Stories to Grow by is proud to present our March Theme featuring many of our new "Early Reader" Classic Short Stories in English. Our March focus is on the theme of "Girls of Courage". What an important message in your classroom, specifically in this time of our history. Multicultural […]

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The Velveteen Rabbit Lesson Plan ~ Valentine’s Day

The Velveteen Rabbit Lesson Plan ~ February Theme of Love  Velveteen Rabbit Lesson Plan Ideas for Valentine's Day: Creative Writing Tasks   The Velveteen Rabbit is a beautiful, classic tale of a child's love for his stuffed animal. A motif, as also seen in the Disney movie "Toy Story", of the old toy thrown aside as […]

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Beauty and the Beast Love Lesson Plan ~ Fairy Tale

February Theme of Love: Finding Love Where You Least Expect It February: the month of LOVE and surely there are plenty of stories which cover the “traditional” love story. Our worldly stories, however, teach us so much more about love than just that.  This month we will explore love stories, each from a different country […]

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Lesson Plan: The Goblin’s Market ~ A Poetry Analysis

I am so thrilled to bring you this lesson plan! While I usually don't write about myself, I did want to share a bit of my bio before introducing our new lesson plan. Before being the Director of Stories to Grow by, I was a teacher like most of you! I've taught every grade from […]

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Lesson Plan: Baba Yaga ~ Plot and Characters

Fun with Spooky Fairy Tales: Learning How Supporting Characters Develop the Plot & Contribute to the Sequence of Events Looking for a great story to teach Elementary Students Grades 4th-6th (can use this script with 3rd-8th grade adjusting the activities accordingly) about the importance of supporting characters and their role in the development of the […]

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Fairy Tales for Fall: Spooky Stories & Lesson Plans!

Here's a Preview of our October Themed Stories & Lesson Plans! Fairytales for Fall: Halloween Stories of Courage, Love, & of course, Good vs. Evil The Goblin’s Market A poetic tale of sisterly love and how far one sister will go to save the other. A classic Christina Rossetti piece, adapted for kids in grades […]

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Lesson Plan: The Empty Pot ~ Theme of Honesty & Characterization

Teaching the Theme of Honesty while Understanding Characterization with “The Empty Pot” Stories to Grow by Looking for a great text on teaching the Theme of Honesty? Would you also like an incredible Folktale to help teach the importance of Characterization, both literally and figuratively, exploring how decisions both affect us positively and negatively? At […]

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Lesson Plan: The Theme of Honesty Compare Texts with Cinderella

Teaching the Theme of Honesty while Comparing/Contrasting Similar Texts with "Cinderella" and “The Native American Cinderella”  by Stories to Grow by Looking for a great text on teaching the Theme of Honesty? Would you also like to teach Elementary students (Perfect for 2nd-4th) how to Compare/Contrast Similar Texts? At the same time, would you like […]

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Winter Unit Lesson Plan Part 1: The Theme of Cooperation & Friendship in The Long Winter

The Long Winter: A story of the missing heat and the plan to bring it back; a group of animals with varying strengths go in search of the warmth and learn the importance of working together and admiring the differences each friend brings to solve the problem. Looking for a great story to excite your […]

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Lesson Plan: Inviting the Bears ~ The Theme of (Unlikely) Friendships, Acceptance and Kindness

Inviting the Bears:A story of unlikely friendships, acceptance and love, a lonely old man ponders if he should start a new life somewhere else. After deciding that a move wouldn’t change his predicament, he goes into the forest seeking answers. What he finds are grizzly bears who he decides might just be the answers to […]

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February Unit Lesson Plan Part 1: The Theme of Love & Appreciation

February: the month of LOVE and surely there are plenty of stories which cover the “traditional” love story. Our worldly stories, however, teach us so much more about love than just that.  This month we will explore six love stories, each from a different country and each with their own unique message about what it […]

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February Love Stories Part 2: The Theme of Finding Love Where You Least Expect It

February: the month of LOVE and surely there are plenty of stories which cover the “traditional” love story. Our worldly stories, however, teach us so much more about love than just that.  This month we will explore five love stories, each from a different country and each with their own unique message about what it […]

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The Apple Dumpling Lesson Plan: Theme of Giving and Sequence of Events

Teaching the Theme of Giving while Learning the Sequence of Events with Stories to Grow by Part 1 Looking for a great story to reinforce a theme of Giving that aligns with the upcoming winter holidays, while also teaching a vital story analysis skill? For Elementary students we have two wonderful stories that explore the […]

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Wali Dad Lesson Plan: Theme of Giving & Sequence of Events

Teaching the Theme of Giving while Learning the Sequence of Events with Stories to Grow by Part 2 Looking for a great story to reinforce a theme of Giving that aligns with the upcoming winter holidays, while also teaching a vital story analysis skill? For Elementary students, we have two wonderful stories that explore the […]

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