Sharks and Rapunzel

Students write their own fairy tales

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Kinley Walker, 9, shares a laugh with Duncombe Elementary School third-grade teacher Shannon Grossnickle Wednesday during their celebration of National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. The students studied fairy tales and wrote one of their own.

The fairy tale that Duncombe Elementary School third-grader Caleigh Klass, 8, wrote for the grade’s unit on fairy tales might be well classified as an adaptation.

She read the story to her mom, Jessica McClellan, on Wednesday during a costumed gathering to celebrate National Tell A Fairy Tale Day.

“I tried making it like Rapunzel,” Klass said. “It’s about Rapunzel, but instead of Rapunzel it has my name.”

That’s right, the story is called “Caleigh.”

“It’s about a king and a queen and the queen got really sick. Her guards looked for a magical flower,” Klass said.

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Jessica McClellan, right, listens as her daugher, Caleigh Klass, 8, reads her a fairy tale Wednesday afternoon at Duncombe Elementary School in honor of National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. Klass had written her own fairy tale called “Caleigh.”

It has a happy ending.

“She is well because the flower made her unsick,” she said.

Finding a Rapunzel costume proved more difficult than writing the story.

Her mom adapted an Anna costume from the movie “Frozen.”

“We couldn’t find Rapunzel,” McClellan said. “Mom fail.”

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Nathan Schelle, at left, along with his daughter Lauren Schelle, 9, read a story together Wednesday afternoon at Duncombe Elementary School in honor of National Tell A Fairy Tale Day.

Her daughter didn’t see it that way.

“She tried,” Klass said.

Kinley Walker, 9, had a long title for her fairy tale.

“It’s called ‘The Four Fish and the Big Bad Shark,” she said.

It goes something like this.

“There’s three fish at the beginning, they meet this fish named Emma,” Walker said.

The shark is a late plot twist.

“He’s close to the end,” she said. “He chases the fish to try to get the fish to eat.”

All of them end up friends and none of the characters become dinner.

“Oh no,” she said.

One of the third-grade teachers, Shannon Grossnickle, helped organize the reading hour and led the students through learning about fairy tales and then writing them. They read the original version of ”Peter Pan.”

She too, got into the main character.

“I am Peter Pan,” Grossnickle said.

No, she didn’t fly off.

Nathan Schelle read with his daughter Lauren Schelle, 9.

“It’s a fun way to share and experience,” he said.

He was not in costume. His daughter, however, wore a bright green Peter Pan hat.


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