I don’t know about you, but if I can have a basket of “go to” books that will help me teach several reading comprehension lessons… I’m all for it! That’s why using fairy tales to teach reading comprehension lessons is one of my favorite tricks. The only thing better than having a good story handy, is having fairy tale printables at my fingertips. (Even better than that are free fairy tale printables!)

Fairy tales often follow a simplified story progression, the characters are pretty easy to characterize, and we can learn a timeless lesson from most of them.

Some of my favorite fairy tales to use are:

  • Jack and The Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Little Red Hen
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
Don’t have a copy of these fairy tale books?

Whether you have a print copy of these books or are looking for a video to show students about the fairy tales, you can practice so many comprehension skills with fairy tales.

Free Fairy Tale Printables

I’ve written more about 6 different comprehension lessons to teach using fairy tales before, and since everyone loves free printables, I’d love to send some free fairy tale worksheets your way to get you started.

free fairy tale printables

After you take a peek…

It’s a perfect time to ask yourself if you’d like to check out more comprehensive fairy tale resources to give you everything you need to teach including:

fairy tale printable bundle

*Oral retelling mats

*Written Retell Booklet


*Character trait webs and writing pages

*Compare/ contrast Venn Diagrams

*What did the character learn?

*Math Extension

*Literacy Extension

fairy tale unit bundle for teachers