Ingrid Caldwell
Growing Independency and Fluency

Let’s Help the Bears

Rationale:  Students will seek answers to the 5 W’s and H—who, what, when, where, why, and how.  Students will come up with solutions to the problem.  Students will develop a plan for the solution.

Materials:  Goldilocks by Janice Russell, paper and pencils for the children

1.  Introduce 5 W’s and H.  Start the lesson by asking the class what they would do if they found a stranger had been in their house.  Next, tell the class to listen closely as I read “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  While reading the story, stop and ask what will happen next and why.
2.  “Ok class, is there a problem in this story and with whom?”  “Let’s help the bears solve their problem.”  “Let’s pretend we are newspaper reporters and we need to gather the facts of this problem.”  “We need to answer hose six important questions.
3.  After we have gone over these facts, have the students “help” the bears by posing a problem statement:  “How might Papa, Mama, and Baby bear keep Goldilocks away from their home?”
4. Students will come up with ideas to the bear’s problem.  After the students have determined the best solution, they can devise a plan to stop Goldilocks.  They can do this with writing and illustrations.
5. Review with the students the three elements of problem solving: 1.Identify the problem 2.Produce ideas 3. Evaluate and implement solutions and relate these back to Goldilocks.
6.  Allow the children to read another fairy tale and then answer the 5 W’s and H.

Assessment:  Note the students’ participation during the discussion of “Goldilocks” and the number of ideas the students come up with to help solve the problem.  When children read new books, have the answer the 5 W’s and H to see if they learned.


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