Learning with the Three Bears

Week 3 is in the books and I feel like things are clicking! I'm not having to repeat morning procedures ten times and the kids are getting adjusted to being in "big" school and not getting a nap everyday! {Those first couple of weeks are rough!}
Since we were learning about the number 3 in math, our team decided to use Goldilocks and the Three Bears in our ELA block {I love teaching thematically!}. I used the traditional version and Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!
Monday, we read the classic tale as a cold read. I was amazed at how many kids had not heard it! They were super engaged while I was reading! On Tuesday, we read the classic version again and sequenced Goldilocks' day.

On Wednesday and Thursday, we read Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks and compared it to the original story.

We also made these cute little Baby Bears to hold our Venn diagrams. {and let me say my kids are already rockin' following directions for crafts!}

We also did a little porridge taste test {a.k.a. cream of wheat} and I was shocked at how much my kids liked it! The majority begged for more! 
 We also started workshops this week and I was amazed at how quietly my kids worked and how on task they were! We need lots of practice with the alphabet, so they worked on matching letters {something about having the characters from the story kept them engaged!}
We also worked on tracing letters and letter strokes.

In math, we worked on the number 3 and triangles. We started the week by using the 3 bears and our ten frame to decompose 3. I didn't get to snap a picture of the kids being the bears on the big ten frame, but I did snap one of their individual ten frames and of these cuties with their equations.

We also did these cute activities from my friend Deeanna's pack. It really does make a difference to start making equations and using the addition and equal symbols early on in the year!

We also used the number bond mats from my new number pack to decompose 3. The kids loved using the little bears!

Since we were learning about the number 3, it was also the perfect week to learn about triangles. We learned triangles have 3 sides and 3 vertices and eating the vertices off pita chips really made the concept stick!

We also sorted triangles and cut the pieces to make our triangle guys {which I also didn't get a picture of yet!}. These are part of my Shape Up pack.

All of the ELA activities and the porridge taste test can be found in my newest pack...

This week, we're moving on to number 4, rectangles, squares, and The Three Little Pigs. I'm hoping to get back into a regular blogging routine now that school is starting to settle down! I hope your week is fantastic!


  1. You're a rockstar :) Your kiddos are so lucky to be in your class!!

  2. How fun is the 3 Bears unit!?!?! I want to be in your room!!! xo

    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT

  3. Looks like you had a ton of fun with the 3 bears. I love how you compared the two stories. I usually do a similar activity in December with several different versions of the Gingerbread man. I think I will have to add yours to my to do list as well. Love your shape unit. We use it every week. I even blogged about your circle craftivity a few weeks back. Thanks for always sharing such great ideas.

    Luv My Kinders


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