Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Fortunately by Remy Charlip

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This is such a fantastic story to read and use as a starting point for students to create a, “Fortunately, Unfortunately” story of their own.

Fortunately by Remy Charlip


Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party.
Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away.
Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane.
Unfortunately, the motor exploded.
Fortunately, there was a parachute in the airplane.
Unfortunately, there was a hole in the parachute.

Students loves to hear how the story twists and turns between fortunate and unfortunate. During our study of transportation, students used this book to create their own version.  Each pair of students was asked to choose a vehicle. They had to then think of a handful of things that could happen while traveling on that vehicle.

For example, if flying in a hot air balloon..

Fortunately, you can see the beautiful landscape.

Unfortunately, you cannot see anything if it is cloudy.

Fortunately, a hot air balloon can travel high above the ground.

Unfortunately, it cannot go as high as an airplane.

Fortunately, a hot air balloon is powdered by hot air.

Unfortunately, a hot air balloon can pop.

Creating the Book

We used this template to help guide the students thinking while they worked together to come up with their own adventure.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Fortunately by Remy Charlip

After completing the words and illustrations, students cut the template in half horizontally, glue the two halves together and fold it like an accordion.

Here are some of the stories our students came up with:

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Fortunately

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Unforntunately 2

This activity always ends up being a favorite of the students. In fact, my son, who is now in 3rd grade, still takes his Fortunately book out from time to time to enjoy

This template is available at the following link:

Fortunately Template from BMTM


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3 thoughts on “Fortunately by Remy Charlip

      • Yes:). On our site and during activities after school we have a blast! I did have the opportunity to teach my oldest but I’m no longer a classroom teacher. My son needed me to stay home after his diagnosis. Now that he is in a regular classroom, I’m working part-time elsewhere and helping him Afterschool. This schedule fills up our days and weekends!:). We both love finding new activities and fun printable s here:)

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