The Ugly Duckling Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

'The Ugly Duckling' is a wonderful story for teaching students to look beyond superficial markers and for helping them think about patience and development. The activities here will help your students think deeply about the story.

Using Activities for The Ugly Duckling

Whether your students are reading a version of The Ugly Duckling to themselves or you are reading or telling the story to them, it provides a special opportunity for them to enjoy a beautiful tale while talking about abiding and meaningful themes. The Ugly Duckling offers opportunities to think about the desire we all have to fit in, the importance of looking past somebody's physical appearance, and the way impressions and identities can shift over time. Using the activities in this lesson will help keep your students engaged so that they can get as much as possible out of the tale.

Pre-Reading Activities

The activities in this section will help activate and enhance your students' prior knowledge before they engage with the story.

Fitting In

This art activity will help your students think about what it feels like not to belong to a group or crowd. Give each student a piece of paper, and have them fold their papers in half. On one side of the paper, they should draw a picture of a time they felt like they fit into a group. On the other side of the fold, they should draw a time they felt they did not fit in. When students are finished, bring them together to share their work and reflect on what it feels like to fit in or not fit in.

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