Fairy tales are one of my favorite ways to bring some extra engagement to literacy and math practice in kindergarten. There are so many important skills that students can practice with a fairy tale twist! In this post, I’m going to share my favorite Goldilocks and the Three Bears activities for kindergarten. You can use these activities to put together a fun thematic unit for your students!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities
Story Elements Book
The first step in any thematic unit based on a fairy tale is to read the story together as a class. As you read (and re-read) the story of Goldilocks to your students, you can put together a story elements anchor chart.
This resource will come in handy as students create pages for their own story elements books.
These printable books focus on characters, setting, and story events that students can review and record.
However, this particular fairy tale is perfect for some extra sequencing practice. Goldilocks follows a pattern throughout the story and it’s fun for students to retrace her steps by putting the story events in order.
This story elements book has four different pages where students can practice sequencing. This is an important reading comprehension skill that also supports language development!
Another great reason to create a story element book with your students is that it encourages them to go home and talk about this story with their families. This is also great comprehension and communication practice!
Your students can practice their decoding and sight word recognition with a Goldilocks-themed mini reader. Students always love to create their own little books to take home!
This reader comes with two different options. The first option has sentences for students to read and illustrations to color. The second option also has illustrations to color, but it has a sight word missing in the sentence on each page. Students can practice their spelling and handwriting skills as they complete each sentence frame.
Students are always so excited to take home their mini-readers to share with their families. This is a great way to encourage skill practice at home!
“My Favorite Character” Writing Activity
After reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears together as a class, it’s fun for students to choose their favorite character from the story. For extra literacy practice, students can then write about their choice! If you do this unit early in the school year, students can practice writing a complete sentence, such as “I like Goldilocks.”
This engaging writing activity could also be a great introduction to opinion writing for kindergarten students later in the school year. They choose their favorite character from the fairy tale and write a simple sentence to explain their choice.
Then students can create an adorable craft to go with their writing. The wide variety of characters from this fairy tale can make a very cute bulletin board. The students are always so excited to find their craft on the wall and see which of their peers chose the same character!
Favorite Character Graphing
The favorite character discussion can extend into math practice as well! Students can cast a vote for their favorite character on a class graph. After taking time to discuss and analyze the data together as a class, this graph can become an anchor chart for the next part of the activity.
Students will record the data from the class voting on their own graphing worksheet. This activity gives students a chance to practice graphing and interpreting data.
Number Sense Practice
For another Goldilocks-themed math activity, students can strengthen their number sense for the numbers one, two, and three. Under each flap, students will sort and glue different representations for each number.
There are two different options to choose from depending on which number sense skills you’d like students to practice.
This activity is a fun way to add themed math practice to centers, morning work, or small groups. You could also choose to use this number sense activity as an option for fast finishers.
Lucky Number Game
This fun math game can double as a snack! Students can use teddy bear graham crackers to fill in a graph based on the number they roll. They will continue to roll and add crackers until one column is completely filled in. This is their lucky number!
This activity comes with two dice options, depending on what you’d like your students to practice. One die has the traditional dots which can be used for counting practice. Students can count the number of dots on the die and then find the corresponding number on the graph. The other die has numbers which can help students practice number recognition.
As an alternative activity, you could use teddy bear math counters instead of crackers. You could even laminate the graphing worksheet (or put it in a page protector) so that students could play this game again and again with a dry-erase marker. They will have so much fun seeing which number will be their lucky number each time they play!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Printables
All of the activities pictured above can be found in one easy-to-download resource. These Goldilocks and the Three Bears printables can be used to put together a fun mini-unit in your classroom. These activities are perfect for adding some fairytale fun to your literacy and math curriculum. You can use these activities to supplement your whole group instruction, literacy and math centers, morning work, and more!
This resource also includes a unit-at-a-glance PDF with a suggested sequence for the activities. This will be helpful as you develop your own Goldilocks and the Three Bears lesson plan. If you’d like to take a closer look at everything included in this resource, you can find it in the A Spoonful of Learning shop or on TPT.
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