Once Upon a ...Traditional Tale Time!

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13480

Do you know Rapunzel, Jack in the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, or Cinderella? Learn all about the books those characters are in and more in this lesson about fairy tales!


Literary Studies, Mythology

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever wanted to live in a fairy tale?

You may want to after watching this video!

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  • What is your favorite fairy tale, also known as a traditional tale?
  • What do you remember about it? Who is your favorite character in it?
  • Why do you think they are so important to people?

Keep reading to see what exactly a traditional tale is!

Traditional tales are sometimes called fairy tales.

In this lesson, you will learn what makes a story a traditional tale. You will also learn about the story elements of traditional tales and look for those elements in tales.

This will help you to know what to look for when you're reading this genre (or type) of book, which will help you to understand these tales better. These kinds of stories are also just plain fun to read!

Before we get started, let's review what you already know.

Setting is where a story takes place.
A problem is something that goes wrong.
A solution is how the problem is solved or fixed.
A theme is a lesson that the author is teaching you about your own life.


Traditional tales are a type of fiction.

Fiction means books that are written about characters and events that did not really happen. Fiction books have a setting, problem, solution, and theme.

Traditional tales are fiction, so traditional tales have a setting, problem, solution, and theme too.

Traditional tales also have unique elements, which means these things are only found in traditional tales.

Look at these traditional tale elements.

They are stories passed down by people for a long time.
They are stories people have heard told and retold again and again, sometimes in ways that are just a little bit different.
They usually have talking animals as characters.
They include magic and things that could NOT happen in real life.


Examples of traditional tales include folktales, fables, tall tales, and legends. Learn more as you watch this video.

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Now, look at the image chart below to see everything you've learned.

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You just learned a lot about traditional tales!

  • Are you ready to do some work with this type of book?

Head over to the Got It? section!

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