Lesson Plan

Goldilocks and the Real Bears

An outline of a black bear, Artwork by Artist-in-Residence, Helen Seay.
Grade Level:
Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Science
Lesson Duration:
30 Minutes
Additional Standards:
NGSS K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

Essential Question

What are the behaviorisms of wild bears?


To compare wild bears that live in Glacier to the bears in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to name one food that real bears eat and know where wild bears live.


Provide Materials: 

  • The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Pictures of Real Bears - black, grizzly, and polar (magazines, newspapers, internet, etc.)


  1.  Read the story. Compare the pictures of the bears in the story to pictures of real bears. Compare their homes (black bear=dense forest, grizzly bear=open mountain sides, polar bear=arctic ice), food (black bear=grass, berries, insects; grizzly bear=grass, berries, roots, ground squirrels, insects; polar bear=seals, fish) and how they live.
  2. Give each student a large piece of paper. On one-half of the paper, have them draw the three bears in the story. On the other half, have them draw the real bears in their habitat.

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Last updated: December 29, 2020