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Goldilocks and

the Three Bears


Level
G
About the Tale

L ike many European folktales, this widely told yarn revolves around
the number three. There are three bears, three bowls of porridge,
three chairs, and three beds. While scholars are not sure why three plays
Word Count
311

Vocabulary
such a prevalent role in folklore, many believe it has something to do porridge, rude,
with the fact that three animals or objects lend themselves to easy slurp, tidy
comparison such as big, small, and medium, or hot, cold, and just
Supportive Features
right. While we await a definitive explanation, one thing is for certain:
repetitive, patterned text;
The tale of naughty Goldilocks is sure to be three times the fun! familiar story

Challenging Features
Discussion Questions long sentences; up to four
1. Which bears things did Goldilocks like best? sentences on a page; use of
commas and dialogue
2. Do you like or not like Goldilocks? Tell why.
3. This story contains many sets of three. Can you find them all? Comprehension
Use this book with the
Make a list.
Sequencing Chart on page 22.

Notable Retellings Phonics


dipthong /ou/, ou, ow:
B Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jim Aylesworth (Scholastic, house, found, down, our,
2003). Combine a playful retelling with quaint illustrations, and youve growled; words ending with
got one crowd-pleasing read-aloud. -ed: decided, named,
opened, tried, growled,
B Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett (Putnam, 1996). This screamed
talented author-illustrator breathes new life into the classic with her
trademark illustrations featuring detailed borders.
Writing
B Goldilocks Returns by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Aladdin, 2003). This Have children write a letter
to the three bears as if they
campy, kid-pleasing sequel has an older and wiser Goldi returning to
were Goldilocks. The letter
the scene of her crime. should be an apology for
what she did to their home.

Companion Reproducible Name ____


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Fluency
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ldilocks Go Inside
Focus Skills: Comprehension, Critical and After Gold
belongs
ilocks runs
to three little
away from
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the bears,
she sees

Invite children to chorally


Tell why or pigs. Do a house
why not. you think that
Then draw she should
a picture go inside?
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Creative Thinking, Writing ________ to go with


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read the narrators portion


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Invite children to use the writing prompt on page 80


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of the story. Assign
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_____ volunteers to read the
to tell whether or not they think Goldilocks should
dialogue of each
go inside a house owned by three little pigs.
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Name _______________________________________________

Should Goldilocks Go Inside?


After Goldilocks runs away from the bears, she sees a house that
belongs to three little pigs. Do you think she should go inside?
Tell why or why not. Then draw a picture to go with your writing.

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Goldilocks and
the Three Bears
A retelling by Violet Findley Illustrated by Jannie Ho

Then, quick as a wink, she ran out the door.


And the three bears never saw that rude
girl again.
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By and by, a girl named Goldilocks saw


The bears went into the bedroom to lie their house.
down. Someone has been sleeping in our What a nice home! she cried.
beds! said Papa Bear and Mama Bear. Then she opened the door and went inside.
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And someone is still in mine! cried
Once upon a time, a family of three bears Baby Bear.
decided to go for a walk. They shut the door With that, Goldilocks opened up her eyes
of their tidy house and off they went. and screamed.
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In the kitchen, Goldilocks found three bowls


of porridge. She tried the big bowl. It was
too hot. She tried the middle bowl. It was And someone broke mine into bits!
too cold. cried Baby Bear.
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The bears went into the living room to
sit down.
Someone has been sitting in our chairs! Finally, she tried the little bowl. It was just
said Papa Bear and Mama Bear. right, so she ate it up. Slurp!
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By and by, the bears came back to their


house to have breakfast. Finally, she tried the little chair. It was just
Someone has been eating our porridge! right, so she sat down. But the chair broke
said Papa Bear and Mama Bear. into bits. Crack!
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In the living room, Goldilocks found three
chairs. She tried the big one. It was too hard. And someone ate mine all up!
She tried the middle one. It was too soft. cried Baby Bear.
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In the bedroom, Goldilocks found three Finally, she tried the little bed. It was just
beds. She tried the big one. It was too hard. right, so she lay down and went to sleep.
She tried the middle one. It was too soft. Zzzzz!
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Making the Mini-Books

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A retelling
by Violet
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Illustrated
by Lynne
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3. Position the pages so that the lettered
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2. Cut the pages in half No! Beca


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Make sure all the pages


Violet Findley
Illustrated by
Lynne Cravath

are in the proper order.


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Tale Easy Readers Teaching

Not me! said the dog.


Not me! said the cat.
Before long, all the bread
was baked.
Not me! said the duck.
along the books spine.
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Book Badge Reproducibles

Let me read Lets read

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to you! together!

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