Have you ever wondered what a fairy tale would look like as a graphic novel or wanted to discover another country’s version of a fairy tale? With easily relatable and universal themes, fairy tales are the perfect stories to explore in multiple formats with children. Whether it’s a classic storybook, a graphic novel, or a retelling of the story from another character’s point of view, offering children different ways to explore stories can have a number of benefits in the classroom:

  1. Having fairy tales available in multiple formats can make reluctant readers happy readers. If a child doesn’t enjoy reading a classic storybook, he or she may love reading the graphic novel version of a fairy tale, especially if the child is a visual learner.
  2. You can explore the cultural elements that influence fairy tales in other countries with students. Are the characters the same? Do they wear the same type of outfits? What else is different from the version of the story they’re used to hearing or reading?
  3. Exploring fairy tales in different formats helps children discover nontraditional ways to read books. Having a variety of reading materials available is essential for any classroom library. It’s important for children to understand that a classic storybook isn’t the only type or format of book they can read.

Want to explore fairy tales in multiple formats with students? Check out these book sets!

Fairy Tales in Multiple Formats:
Red Riding Hood & Rapunzel
Fairy Tales in Multiple Formats: 
Snow White & Cinderella
Graphic Spin Book Set (Set of 8)


Come See the Kaplan Elementary Team at ILA 2016!

If you’re going to be in Boston for this year’s International Literacy Association Conference (July 9–11), be sure to stop by the exhibit hall and visit us at booth 1012 for information about a variety of family engagement materials, technology tools, and literacy strategies to help you in the classroom.

Here are a few things you’ll want to know:

  1. Our booth is all about literacy taking you on a journey. Get your Kaplan passport stamped at three of the four cities represented at the Kaplan Elementary booth for a chance to win a free iPad!
  2. Be sure to pick up your Kaplan wings at the booth and put them on your lanyard. Members of the Kaplan Elementary team will be randomly giving out prizes to attendees who wear their Kaplan wings on their lanyard.
  3. Learning comes to life with Alive Studios’ great selection of products. Stop by the booth to learn how you can use their fun and engaging technology in the classroom.
  4. The developer of WhisperPhone® will be in our booth (#1012). Be sure to stop by and see how it can be used to help ELL or ESL students and children with learning disabilities develop their language skills.
  5. Our booth is THE place to visit if you’re looking for family engagement materials. From take-home backpack sets to home activity kits and family event materials, we have everything you need to encourage family engagement and parent involvement.

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