Hans Christian Andersen Teacher Resources

From “Thumbelina” to “The Emporer’s New Clothes,” the tales of Hans Christian Andersen continue to entertain children and adults alike. His magical characters and worlds of bright whimsy could put the stories in a fairy tale category, but the relatable characters and lessons learned throughout his collection could also be classified as folktales. How would you categorize them?

Learn more about Hans Christian Andersen with a lesson that could be used with any of his stories. Additionally, an activity from the Getty Museum inspires young learners to picture Andersen’s characters in the context of popular art from his lifetime time.

Want to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday in your literature class? A Lesson Planet article provides several ideas for commemorating the author who brought happiness to many generations. For theater classes, an examination of a stage adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” promotes close reading and critical thinking skills.

No matter how you bring these delightful tales to the classroom, the quaint enchantment of Hans Christian Andersen’s world will bring a smile to any student’s face.

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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
A thorough instructional activity introduces learners to Hans Christian Andersen, the nineteenth-century author who created wonderful tales. They read the original texts of several of his stories, including "The Ugly Duckling," "The...
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Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Fairy tales seem like quick, fun children's stories, but asking compelling questions about characters, plot elements, and literary themes can transform them into rich and complex tales. Use a series of eight lessons on Hans Christian...
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The Emperor’s New Clothes

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
An 18-minute audiobook expresses the importance of speaking the truth with an engaging reading of "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Hans Christian Andersen.
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Thumbelina

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Thumbelina may be small in size but she is mighty in courage. Listen as Natasha, the engaging narrator, as she tells the tale of "Thumbelina" by Hans Christian Andersen in a 33-minute audiobook. 
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The Little Mermaid Part One

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Enjoy an engaging reading of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" with a three-part audiobook. The first part of the emotional tale takes listeners under the sea to follow the little mermaid's journey above water to explore the...
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The Little Mermaid Part Three

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Listen to the final part of a three-part audiobook featuring Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale "The Little Mermaid." Intrigued listeners hear the conclusion to the little mermaid's choice of living an immortal life under the sea or...
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Folk and Fairy Tale Readers: The Princess and the Pea

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Enrich a primary grade unit on fairy tales with this printable version of the classic story "The Princess and the Pea." With a simple story structure and a blend of short and long sentences, this is a great resource for developing the...
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Folk and Fairy Tale Readers: The Nightingale

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Engage emergent readers in a literature unit on fairy tales with this printable version of "The Nightingale." Including dialogue, multisyllabic words, and up to five lines of text on a page, this book is ideal for developing the reading...
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The Snow Queen Study Guide

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Even the kindest friends can become selfish and tyrannical in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." Class members complete story-themed exercises in language arts, social studies, and even physical science.
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The Little Mermaid Part Two

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Continue Hans Christian Andersen's story of "The Little Mermaid" with the second part of a three-part audiobook. A captivating narrator takes listeners along the little mermaid's path to becoming a human after falling in love with a...
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The Ugly Duckling Resource Guide

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Our differences aren't meant to divide us! Use Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale "The Ugly Duckling" to reinforce the concept that appearances don't define someone's character, and that there is always somewhere where we belong.
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The Snow Queen Study Guide

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Your students may be more familiar with Disney's Frozen than its source material, "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen, but after a theater lesson on the story's characters, author, and adaptation to the stage, they'll understand...
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Picture a Character

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
How would Jean-Etiénne Liotard paint the characters from "The Little Mermaid?" What would the main character from "The Little Match Girl" look like from Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes' point of view? After examining various paintings...
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Two Comprehension Crosswords: Greek Actors and Hans Christian Andersen

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this comprehension crossword activity, students complete 2 crossword puzzles. Students read an informative paragraph about Hans Christian Anderson and 8 clues. Students fit their answers in a crossword puzzle. Students do the same...
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Hans Christian Andersen, Magic Maker

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Hans Christian Andersen was a spinner of fine tales that have been read and retold to countless generations of children.
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Telling a Story

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Junior high and high schoolers watch a short video about effective storytelling strategies. As they take a virtual field trip to the Hans Christian Andersen story hour in Central Park, learners differentiate between writing a story and...
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Happy Birthday Hans: How To Celebrate International Children's Book Day

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Honor Hans Christian Andersen while encouraging young readers with enjoyable projects and activities.
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Artistic Interpretation of a Classic: The Author's Role

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Reading the original Hans Christian Andersen tale of “The Little Mermaid” and viewing the Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from the San Francisco Ballet video offers class members an opportunity to consider how artistic decisions...
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The Emperor’s New Clothes

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
The well-known fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" is at the center of this exercise that asks learners to consider the nature of power and corruption. Class members read the tale and then respond to three questions related to the text.
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Thousands of Years from Now

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Predictive lit warns about unintended consequences. In his short story, "Thousands of Years from Now" Hans Christian Anderson imagines how travelers thousands of years from now will explore the great monuments and cities of the world....
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"The Nightingale" Story Comprehension

For Students 2nd - 4th
For this story comprehension worksheet, students answer a set of comprehension, discussion and extension questions about the story The Nightingale. A suggestion for research is included.
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The Ugly Duckling

For Students K - 5th
It's not about what you look like on the outside! A study guide for the stage adaptation of The Ugly Duckling reminds learners that being cruel to those in need is not helpful—and that we all belong somewhere.
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International Children's Book Day

For Students 5th - 10th
Celebrate International Children's Book Day using this resource. Learners complete activities, such as reading a passage, sequencing, unscrambling sentences, writing questions, conducting surveys, and writing. Students complete twelve...
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Historical Moments

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Here is a lesson designed to be an ongoing task for the entire year. Each day of the week, learners must perform research to answer a simple historical question. This particular lesson covers the month of April, but the template...

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