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The Yummy Bear Family

This lesson on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" involves porridge tasting, storytelling, and lots of fun. After reading, your students will practise simple counting and sequencing skills.
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  • Students will be able understand simple stories and sort series of objects.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(10 minutes)
Teacher ScriptGoldilocks Song LyricsConcept CardsColor Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Distribute small cups of oatmeal and spoons to your students. Allow them to eat while you introduce the lesson.
  • Hold up the Porridge concept card. Explain that PorridgeIs another name for oatmeal.
  • Ask students how the oatmeal tastes.
  • After hearing their answers, tell them that you're going to be narrating a story about three bears who love to eat porridge.
  • Tell them, "The bears live in a cottage." Hold up the Cottage concept card. Show them the image on the back. Explain that a CottageIs a small house.
  • Tell them, "The bears' cottage is in a forest." Hold up the Forest concept card. Show them the image on the back. Explain that a ForestIs a place with a lot of trees and bushes.
(20 minutes)
  • Using the Teacher Script sheet and props, act out the story from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
(15 minutes)
  • Discuss the story with the class. Make sure to talk about Sequences, or order of things, such as "hot, cold and just right" or "big, medium, small." Some guiding questions you can ask are: "Which part of the story did you like the best?" "Which of the three bears is the biggest?" "Which of the three bears is the smallest?" "Which bowl, chair or bed would you like to use?"
(20 minutes)
  • Let students play with the props and ask them to act out the story themselves.


  • Help students during Independent Working Time if they seem unsure regarding the purposes of different props. Also, you could have these students work on the Goldilocks and the Three Bears coloring page.


  • Ask advanced students to organise props into sequences (e.g. increasing size).
  • An interactive whiteboard could be used to project an ebook version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
(5 minutes)
  • Write down students' answers to your questions from the Guided practise section in order to gauge the class' understanding of the story.
(15 minutes)
  • Read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" aloud, and encourage students to read along during the simpler portions.
  • Sing the "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" song by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey.

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