Lesson Plan

Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Your kids will love learning about setting, characters and events as they listen to a classic tale and play a simple game. This lesson helps students improve their reading comprehension skills while they have fun.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the What Happened to the Bunny? pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the What Happened to the Bunny? pre-lesson.

Help young readers explore setting, characters, and events in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” with this fiction comprehension lesson plan. After reading the interactive story together, learners will delve into the terms “character,” “setting,” and “event” and practice identifying each as they complete a comparison chart, unpack the different story components, and label and color a scene from the story. Geared toward kindergarten and first grade learners, this lesson helps children practice making connections and predictions in fiction texts and understand how the parts of a story work together.

Learning Objectives

The students will be able to identify the setting, characters and events in a short story.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Goldilocks Scene coloring page
  • Gather the students.
  • Load the interactive story. Choose the “READ BY MYSELF” option.
  • Pause the story on the front cover and invite the students to describe where the house is, who is by the house and what the bears and little girl are doing.
  • Focus the lesson by saying, “You just described the setting, characters and an event in this story! Every good story needs these things!”


  • Preview the story and any unknown or potentially confusing vocabulary prior to the start of the lesson in English and student home language (L1).


  • Ask students to turn and talk to share their ideas with a partner.