Vol. 14/Ninja Level: The 3 Bears

After the success of theΒ Gingerbread ManΒ and the Bremen MusiciansΒ as lessons and plays we just had to genkify, and ultra simplify, another famous English story too.

And we chose …. Goldilocks and the 3 Bears! Β  You can find it now on vol. 14 and the Ninja Level of the Curriculum.


Ninja Tip: Β If you did Happy HalloweenΒ  it really helps with the “I’m scared!”Β and the past tense with theΒ Baby Dinosaur songΒ helps too!

Teach the new vocab as usual ( or have the students learn it at home with the homework) then use the Mini Lesson and Song on the software:

Ninja Tip: Β This video was filmed during the beta test of this lesson so the version you have on Vol. 14 is much easier to teach πŸ™‚Β 

You can use any of the class games to practice the vocab, or of course, the best way is to present it as a class play!

Here are Virginie’s awesome classes doing it as part of a school performance!


And here are your VIP printables:

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And the Evaluation Worksheet to show the parents:


Be genki,


P.S. Β If you want to do the “traditional” Goldilocks (from the little girls’ point of view) Β here are some flash cards for you!

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Part 1 A4 Flashcards.

Richard Graham

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10 Responses to “Vol. 14/Ninja Level: The 3 Bears”

  1. Margit

    I would either play it the way you did in the Video with 3 “players” (bears)
    I’d sent them outside, and choose one kid to be th goldilocks (secretly)

    then the bears come back in, they sing the song as they did in your video, but while singing they have to take eye contact with the other students in the round and try to investigate “WHO ate THEIR porridge” (only by singing the line and facial expressions.

    They go like this through the whole song. And in the end they get a guess who Goldilocks was.

    OR, I would play it as a group, making 3 circles, first circle being Mama bear, second, circle Papa bear third one Baby bear~so they all have their part of speech.

    Most probably in big classes I’d do the second activity first to get them all used to the words and then do the first activity as a game and to get the expression into “WHO …MY…?

    What do you think~
    Just had a great Gingerbread man lesson again at ES. I introduce it a similar way, with this play too and every year it is such a success.
    These plays are wonderful!

  2. Gudrun

    YES, Richard!!! This and the other two story lessons, Bremen and Gingerbread Man, are really cool! And the kids love to act them out. Gingerbread Man is still the absolute favourite – Christmas time or not!

    I’d also play the 3 Bears as Margit suggests with the secret Goldilocks kid. That’s always a great bonus!

    I had to laugh at your three voices, Richard! LOOOVE them!!! Great idea, as usual! And this will definitely become another favorite of “my” kids, as they love this TT book on the iPad.

    Would it be possible to have two endings? One as is and the other one where they become friends? That would be nice too and with a great message.

    Thanks for giving us more plays and such cool ones! πŸ™‚

  3. Julie

    Hi Richard, the ending makes a nice change, therefore I’m not sure if it is deliberate that mama bear has a broken chair. This is a very popular story with my kids and I know they will just love this. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

  4. Richard

    Thanks everyone!

    @Julie: You’ll see why with the chairs when we get part 1 to you! πŸ™‚
    @Gudrun: Different endings sounds great for the picture book! With the voices I was actually thinking of re-recording them with actors!! Especially the Mama Bear one!

  5. angie

    I would like to try this one out. I downloaded it on a macbook and put it in the same folder as the software and I see the file (8.8mb) but I can’t open it…any tips?

  6. Richard

    On the Mac try dragging it into Safari, that should work for now. Then if the testing comes back OK I’ll have an updated menu for you!

  7. Trevor

    Great little story and a nice natural way to incorporate some of the different English tenses.

    Hopefully part one has too hot, too small etc.. Many of my older students don’t really understand too vs very.

  8. Kaipo

    Hi Richard

    Played this lesson for a few of my students and they really enjoyed listening to it. After we played the song a few times, I got the students to line up and we used the mini cards to play rock, paper, scissors. Had a lot of fun! It also made a few of them ask about the Gingerbread man song so I ended up playing that song too!

  9. angie

    Ah thanks! Dragging it to Safari did the trick. Will show it to my 6-year-old student tomorrow.

  10. Karen

    Hi Richard

    I’m going to test it tomorrow

    I have a great group of girls who absolutely love play acting – I think we did gingerbread man for about 4 weeks!!!!
    We’ve just started the past tense too so this is great timing.

    I did my own goldilocks too and we had great fun changing the story – daddy reading the paper, mummy knitting, baby playing a video game – the imagination these kids have!!

    Would it be possible to have a version with daddy and mummy instead of mamma and papa.

    Will let you know what happens tomorrow

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