The Yummy Bear Family

  • Preschool
  • Math
  • 85 minutes
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June 24, 2015
by Rose McCabe

This lesson on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" involves porridge tasting, storytelling, and lots of fun. After reading, your students will practice simple counting and sequencing skills.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able understand simple stories and sort series of objects.

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Introduction (10 minutes)

  • 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 porridge is 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 cottage is 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 forest is a place with a lot of trees and bushes.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Using the Teacher Script sheet and props, act out the story from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Discuss the story with the class. Make sure to talk about sequences, or order of things, such as hot, cold, just right and 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?

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Let students play with the props, and ask them to act out the story themselves.



  • Enrichment: Ask advanced students to organize props into sequences (e.g. increasing size).
  • Support: 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.

Technology Integration

  • An interactive whiteboard could be used to project an ebook version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Write down students' answers to your questions from the Guided Practice section in order to gauge the class' understanding of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Review and Closing (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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