Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a timeless classic that generations of children have read at home or in school. It is rich in material that can be used in the classroom to support learning across the curriculum. What follows is an outline to show some of the ways the book can be used in the classroom. With earlier years children the cottage can be recreated in the home corner to reinforce the story.
As a whole class or group activity the children can change the story into a play. The story can be dramatized and the children can practise using expression for the different bears. Picture books can be made and the more able can write their own sentences. The names of characters can also be explored. Goldilocks is given her name because of her golden hair. The children can have fun thinking of their own character names that reflects personality or looks. A class letter to the bears can be written and a possible reply from the bears.
The book can be compared to other fairy tales or other versions of the same story. Adjectives to describe the characters can be thought of and pinned to a working display or paintings of the characters on the display boards. Book reviews can be written and older children can write their own stories or a cloze procedure can be used where children fill in the missing words.
The book lends itself to investigations, shape, time and distance. Problems based on the story can be made up such as simple addition of objects in the cottage. Vocabulary linked size such as small, medium, larger, larger than can be discussed. Matching the correct object to the correct bear is another simple activity that helps develop mathematical skills through story. Time can be used to think about how long the bears were away from home. How far they walked can be incorporated with distance depending on the age and abilities of the class. Measurements and patterns can be used for investigations.
The ingredients in porridge, changes in states, hot and cold topics are all related to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Animals and their habitats are themes in the book. The kinds of animals found in woods and the different kinds of bears can be researched. Looking at materials in the book such as the different chairs and beds the bears have and expanding language such as soft, hard, fragile, sweet, help to reinforce scientific terms.
*Art/Design and Technology
Linking in with the science the children can use materials to make a cottage and the furniture. Paintings or drawings of the characters or key scenes in the book can be created. The children can make posters to warn the bears to lock their doors and sorry cards from Goldilocks.
When Goldilocks walks into the cottage she puts herself in danger. This book can be used as a starting point for behaviour. In circle time the children could discuss how they feel when someone touches their property without asking. They could also look at the issue of stealing and the dangers of talking to strangers. They could talk about the consequences of actions, what should Goldilocks do e.g. buy Baby Bear a new chair and say sorry.
In conclusion Goldilocks is not only a pleasurable read but a book rich with resources for the primary classroom.