Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

In the BrainPOP ELL movie Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2), Ben retells the classic fairytale, “Little Red Riding Hood,” as a puppet show.  Ben’s version includes funny twists and a surprise ending!. Students enjoy the show as they listen carefully for reported speech. In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades 3-8, students illustrate and retell the plot of the movie, identify common elements of fairytales, and compare and contrast different versions of the same fairytale.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Discuss and identify common elements of fairytales.
  2. Illustrate and retell the plot of the movie using a comic strip template.
  3. Compare and contrast different cultural versions of the same fairytale.



Fairytale, genre, in common, setting, plot, characters, illustrate, retell, version, compare, contrast


For Activity 2, Illustrate and Retell, make copies of the Comic Strip Template.
Bring in puppets or invite students to bring puppets to school.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Fairytale Elements. Discuss the nature of fairytales with the class. Ask students to brainstorm how all fairytales are alike, and jot down their ideas in a concept web. To differentiate and add more support, prompt students by asking where the stories are set, who the characters often are, and what kind of things happen in fairytales. Brainstorm a list of fairytales that they know. Brainstorm a list of fairytales that they know.
  2. Illustrate and Retell. After watching the movie Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2), distribute the Comic Strip template. Have students retell the story of Little Red with illustrations. When they are finished, invite students to use their comic strips to relate the story to a partner or the class.
  3. Same Story, Different Cultures. Choose a fairytale that has different cultural versions, and have students share the versions they know from their countries. Complete a Venn Diagram or matrix together, comparing and contrasting different versions of the same fairytale.

Puppets are effective tools for facilitating dialogue among language learners. If you have puppets, bring some in or have students create their own with socks or brown paper bags. Ask students to share what they know about puppet shows and to discuss ones they have seen. You might show examples of puppet shows from the Internet. In pairs or small groups, have students write dialogue to create a puppet show of their own. They may want to adapt another familiar fairytale. Volunteers present their puppet shows to the class.


BrainPOP ELL Movies
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