Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Meghann Meeusen

Second Advisor

Kate Kline

Third Advisor

Mary Srodulski


Fairytales have been around since before the early 1800s and are something that most people grew up reading and hearing, but did you know that these tales can be helpful in the learning of ELA, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and emotional development? Fairytales are a huge part of today’s society, and when used in the classroom can be an amazing tool for helping students learn. This thesis project will explore the idea of an interdisciplinary curriculum plan with the theme of fairytales. The project consists of two parts, a research section that discusses the different standards students are assessed using, the main ideas and benefits of an interdisciplinary curriculum plan, and the benefits of teaching using fairytales. This section of the project will also provide some background knowledge on three tales that are later used in the curriculum plan, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and The Gingerbread Man. The second portion of this project consists of a four-week curriculum plan for teaching fairytales to students in a meaningful way. The plan consists of lesson ideas for ELA, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, each with a connection to the fairytale that students would learn in that week. The curriculum plan concludes with an individual writing project, and a group project that allows students to use the knowledge they have learned over the course of the unit. This curriculum plan includes lesson plans for how to begin each week as well as a lesson plan for how to launch the final project at the end of the unit. This curriculum plan will help to engage students as well as provide them an opportunity to learn many new ideas and concepts in a not intimidating and familiar way. Finally, this plan allows students to take risks and learn important academic and life lessons in the safe and kind environment of their classroom.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted