Imagine Your Story: Tall Tales and Myths! June 11

This week in the HLS summer reading program, we will explore the genre of myths, fables, folk or tall tales, and fairy tales. Today, we will learn about fairy tales, read “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” and do a STEAM project about ziplines!

Fairy Tales

Today we are going to look at fairy tales. What are fairy tales?

Fairy tales have magical elements, explore good versus evil, and are usually a completely made-up story. They often start with “Once upon a time” and end with “Happily ever after.” Some examples of fairy tales are “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Rupunzel.”

Story Time!

Read “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

STEAM Time! Ziplines

We all know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Think about Jack running from the giant. He needs to find a fast and safe way to get from the giant’s home up in the clouds back down to the ground.

Today, I want you to think of a way to make a zipline for Jack (maybe a LEGO person or some other toy that you have at home) to use to get from a table or a counter to the ground. Think about how fast he would be going. Find a way to keep him moving, but keep the speed slow enough that he would make it to the ground safely. Can you use friction to help? Does changing the angle of your string (zipline) change the speed or safe return to the ground?

For this activity you will need: 

  • String
  • Paperclip or something to attach Jack to the zipline
  • Tape
  • Table or counter
  • LEGO person or other toy

Once you have your zipline completed, measure the distance that Jack travels. Time how long it takes him to get to the ground. Is there any way to make it faster while keeping him safe? Keep your zipline up because we will use it again in tomorrow’s STEAM activity!

Share your photos of your zipline in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #HLSSummerReading!

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