Fairy tales are a fun way to bring some extra engagement to your literacy and math practice. In this post, I’m going to share my favorite Little Red Riding Hood activities for kindergarten. You can use these activities as inspiration as you plan your upcoming Little Red Riding Hood thematic unit!
Little Red Riding Hood Literacy Activities
There are many ways that your students can practice literacy skills during a Little Red Riding Hood unit study.
The first step in a Little Red Riding Hood thematic unit is to read the story together as a class! As you read (and reread) this fairy tale, your students can complete a story elements book one page at a time.
First, you can review the characters with your students. They will love to glue the characters underneath the picnic basket flap!
You can also discuss the setting of the story, as well as the problem and solution.
Finally, students can practice sequencing by putting the events in the correct order. They can also summarize what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
If your students could use additional practice with sequencing, you can make it hands-on and engaging with this 3D basket craft!
This craft has options for sequencing story events or identifying beginning, middle, and end.
A great way to get your students motivated to write is to create a class book! During a Little Red Writing Hood unit study, you can have your students write about what they would bring to Granny.
Each student can decorate their own picnic basket, which doubles as a flap for their page. This makes the class book even more engaging for students to read!
One of the benefits of using a fairy tale for a kindergarten unit is that students can practice comparing stories. For a Little Red Riding Hood unit, a great story to compare and contrast is “Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China” by Ed Young.
Students can sort story elements based on whether they occurred in one or both of the stories. You can have them complete this on a Venn diagram or in a flip book. Either way, this is great practice for your students!
It’s also a great opportunity to help students share their opinion through writing. Students can choose their favorite story and then write about why it was their favorite.
Who Do You Believe? Writing Craftivity
Another fun book to compare is “Honestly, Red Riding Hood is Rotten!” by Trisha Speed Shaskan. This story is told from the perspective of the wolf.
After reading it together, your students can decide whether they believe the wolf’s account of the events or Red Riding Hood’s. They can create this fun writing activity and craft to go with it!
What Would You Do? Writing Activity
Your students can also practice their writing skills with another engaging prompt based on this fairy tale. Students can write about what they would do if they were in Little Red Riding Hood’s situation.
A fun way to display student writing is with these adorable Little Red Riding Hood crafts!
Add some variety to literacy practice by playing a fun fairy tale board game! Students can take turns choosing cards, identifying the letter, sound, or word, and then moving the number of spaces they roll.
This board game can be used to review letters, beginning sounds, sight words, or CVC words. That means you can use this board game no matter what part of the year you decide to plan your Little Red Riding Hood thematic unit. You can also customize the game to fit the needs of individual students.
Little Red Riding Hood Math Activities
It’s also easy to bring a bit of fairy tale fun to your math practice with engaging activities!
Counting and Addition
First, students can create math mini-books to practice counting or addition.
You can decide which version would be best for your students! Either way, this themed math printable is perfect for morning work or math centers!
Another fun way to add a touch of Little Red Riding Hood to your math lesson planning is with mystery pictures.
As students cut out the individual puzzle pieces, they’re also getting plenty of fine motor practice! This set of Little Red Riding Hood printables also includes literacy practice.
Your students will have so much fun with Little Red Riding Hood graphing, they won’t even realize they’re hard at work!
First, students can use a spinner to record and graph data. The spinner has three characters from the fairy tale and students will track how many times they land on each. Once they have filled up one character’s graph, they will record the totals and interpret the data.
Students can also practice graphing during the discussion of whether they believe the wolf or Red Riding Hood.
They can add their votes to a class graph, then complete their own graphing worksheets.
You can also have your class vote on whether or not they would walk through the dark woods alone.
After voting and discussing this as a class, students can practice graphing and interpreting the data on their own worksheets.
Little Red Riding Hood Thematic Unit
All of the fun activities above (and more!) can be found in one easy-to-download resource full of Little Red Riding Hood activities for kindergarten. These activities are perfect for a fairy tale unit study! This resource also includes a helpful PDF that outlines a suggested sequence for your Little Red Riding Hood lesson plans.
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