Arctic Triptych Unit

Three arctic animals — the seal, the wolf, and the polar bear — have something in common that might surprise you. All of them turn up in European folklore as shape shifters. Your students will know most about werewolves, but the Norwegian tale of the were-bear and the Scottish tale… Continue reading

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack was taking the family cow to market in hopes of raising enough money to keep himself and his mother from losing their home, when he met a funny little man who offered him magic beans in exchange for the cow. The next day, an incedible beanstalk had grown up… Continue reading

The Princess and the Pea

It was a dark and stormy night, and the young prince was spending a quiet evening with his parents when a strange girl came to the door, wet and bedraggled — she says she’s a princess, but is she telling the truth? The queen has been seeking a wife for… Continue reading