Fairy Tale statements- Agree or disagree
Ask the children to stand in the middle of the space. Read out one of the statements from the list below and ask the children to move to the card that best fits their thinking.
Allow a few minutes for them to talk together in the group, telling at least one person why they moved to that card. Encourage every person in the small group to share his or her voice with someone.
Bring the group back to a circle sitting in their divided groups. Allow time to investigate and challenge why people agree or disagree with the statements. Build upon the ideas identifying the concepts involved in the dialogue.
Repeat using as many statements as you wish. At the end of each dialogue ask the children if anyone would like to change their minds moving across the ‘I’ve changed my mind’ card.
Encourage them to say which statements or ideas have influenced their thinking.
· It was OK for Goldilocks to eat up baby bear’s porridge.
· The Princess did not have to keep her promise to a frog.
· Cinderella should have stood up to her sisters.
· Rumplestiltskin should have been given the baby he was promised.
· Peter Pan should leave Neverland and grow up.
· The 3 little pigs’ mother should not have made them leave home.
· The wolf only ate Red Riding Hood because he was hungry.
· The Prince should always marry the prettiest girl.
· Witches should punish people who are not kind.
· Rapunzel was never free as a child.
· The wolf should have been friendly to the pigs.
· You should go to any length to prove your love.
· The King must be wealthy to rule a Kingdom.
· It was wrong for Jack to take the giant’s gold.
· Jack was foolish to swap his cow for five beans.
· Pinocchio was made of wood so was not responsible for his actions.
· The Billy Goats Gruff should stick to their own land
· If parents can’t afford to feed their children they should give them away.
Develop philosophical understanding
Matching cards to charaters.
Create or use existing concept cards such as: Love power, revenge, trust, promises, responsibility, identity, wealth, freedom, conscience, and wisdom.
Challenge the children to draw or create a model of a well-known Fairy Tale character. Ask them to identify which concept cards best fit their character and why?
Ask the class to share their ideas. Use any agreements or disagreements to develop and facilitate further inquiry.
Fairy Tale concept line
Ask each child to write themselves a name label to represent a well-known fairy tale character. These labels can be stuck on sticks or hung loosely around the neck.
Allow a few minutes for the children to tell the rest of the group who they have chosen to be.
Use a long rope and spread it along the floor. Place one of the concept cards at one end. E.g. power
Ask the children to stand somewhere along the line that represents how much power (or chosen concept label) they have as their character. The more power (or chosen concept) you have, the closer you stand to the label end of the rope.
Encourage the children to challenge the positions of each other and through respectful dialogue consider whether any characters should be moved elsewhere on the concept line.
Build a Fairy tale concept wall.
Ask the class to create a large Fairy Tale scene wall display. Use this scene to display the philosophy concept cards and pupil’s written/illustrated work based on philosophical ideas raised through fairy tales.
© S Stanley 2013