Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

Recommended Grades:3-5

One minute, a bear is strolling in the woods.  The next, hes lost in the big city!  Its bright and noisy and tiring.  Where can a bear go to take a nap?  A surprise ending makes this a fun fractured fairy tale and a great take on the original fairy tale. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Writers Workshop:  Read aloud Goldilocks and Just One Bear as part of a unit writing fractured fairy tales.  Pair it with Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs or The Three Billy Goats Fluff.  Use Goldilocks and Just One Bear as a mentor text to guide students in writing their own fractured fairy tale.  How can they take a traditional tale and tweak it to make it a little different?

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The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer

Recommended Grades: 3-5

When Mr. Troll threatens to eat the three Billy Goats Fluff for trip-trapping over his bridge too loudly, Mother Goat comes up with a fluffy plan to keep everyone happy!   

Lesson Idea:  


Author’s Craft: Another fun read aloud that could be part of a fractured fairy tale unit.  Read aloud Three Billy Goats Fluff as a mentor text.  Pair it with Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs and other fractured fairy tales.  Analyze the texts with students to determine the characteristics of fractured fairy tales and particular elements of author’s craft.  Create an anchor chart for students to refer back to during the year.

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

Recommended Grades: 2-5

A hilarious take on the fairy tale classic, three dinosaurs decide to tidy up their house, make their beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures.  They were definitely NOT trying to set up an unsuspecting, unsupervised little girl, name Goldilocks. Of course, anything that Mo Willems touches turns to gold-(ilocks).  

Lesson Idea:  


Writers Workshop:  Read aloud Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems and discuss the similarities to the original fairy tale.  Read aloud other fractured fairy tales – fairy tales that have been retold using different characters, settings, or points of view –  like The True Story of the Three Little Pigs or The Wolf Who Cried Boy and use them as model texts in writer’s workshop.  After students have been immersed in a fractured fairy tale study, have them write their own fractured fairy tale.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins Children for review.

©2012 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.