Goldilocks & the Three Bears Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teaching your students about story elements? Use familiar text to guide students through these important concepts with this lesson plan focusing on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a loose definition for 'story elements'
  • identify character, setting, problem, events, and solution in a story


  • 45 minutes


  • Copy of the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Story elements graphic organizer of your choice
  • Chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Problem
  • Event
  • Solution

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.


  • Begin by gathering students on the carpet and retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs together with your students. When finished, tell students they will be learning how to give each part of the story a name.
  • Label the chart paper 'Story Elements' and explain the word 'elements' to students.
  • Now display the lesson Story Elements Lesson for Kids on a shared reading device and read the first section 'Parts of a Story' out loud, allowing students to follow along as you read. Ask:
    • What were the five parts of a story?
  • As students recount, list on chart paper in order.
  • Now read through each section with the students, pausing after each to define it and list examples from The Three Little Pigs. For example, you'll write 'Characters,' define what a character is, and list 'Wolf, Pig 1, Pig 2, Pig 3, Mother.'
  • Allow students to provide information when able, recalling the story elements.
  • Now read the Lesson Summary together. Have students turn and talk, explaining which story element they like and one that is challenging. Share answers.
  • Take a wiggle break if your students need it before moving on to the activity.

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