July 22, 2015
by Linda MacDonald
Lesson Plan:

Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End

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EL Adjustments
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Students will be able to retell a narrative and identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL Adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Introduce students to the idea of narrative by defining it as a record of interconnected events, or a story.
  • Ask your students to pay attention to what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story that they are about to hear.
(10 minutes)
  • Either read a copy of the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears dramatically or watch the interactive story by Education.com.
  • Go back over the narrative when you are finished, pointing out the beginning, middle, and end of the narrative.
(20 minutes)
  • Using props, have selected students act out the story.
  • Have the other students help to tell the narrative.
  • If you have many aspiring actors in your class, feel free to repeat this section until everyone gets a chance to be a character!
(10 minutes)
  • Give students drawing paper and crayons or colored pencils.
  • Split the class into three groups. These groups will be assigned to draw the beginning, middle, or end of the story.
  • Enrichment: Students can label their picture or write a sentence describing their picture.
  • Support: Students can work with a partner and collaborate on a picture.
  • You may want to take digital pictures of their creations and put together a slide show, which can be displayed on an interactive whiteboard. Label their creations with the terms "beginning," "middle," and "end."
(10 minutes)
  • Observe students to see if they struggle to remember what happened in the story.
  • Assess their picture to see if they drew the correct portion of the story.
(10 minutes)
  • Have the students display their drawings.
  • Ask everyone with a beginning picture to stand up, followed by the middle pictures, and finally the end pictures.
  • Have students walk around the classroom and look at each other's pictures.

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