This is a story I read while I was researching Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. The reason for my research is that I had developed a grammar review aimed at fourth-graders to accompany Number the Stars, and remembering my eldest son's fourth-grade experience, I thought that a Danish fairy tale would tie in perfectly. Firstly, Hans Christian Andersen is mentioned as one of Denmark's most famous storytellers in the story itself. Secondly, the story refers to the little sister's love of stories with kings and queens. Thirdly, the fairy tales I began to read of his had elements of Christmas and New Year's in them. The extension activities to accompany my product were coming together easily as I saw how a fourth-grade teacher could begin a Read Aloud in the fall to coincide with Adolph Hitler's edict that all Danish Jews were to be arrested and relocated and that as the fourth-graders met weekly with their second-grade reading buddies----voila------they could share Danish fairy tales!
This is a chronological list of events in The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen. Print, cut into strips, mix up the strips, and have students reorder the trips after you've read the story. Laminate each individual strip, and you can use it again and again.