After reading two different versions of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” students will create two ladders of inference to analyze the characters’ actions.

Lesson Objectives

Curriculum Context


  • Students will describe what a specific character is thinking.
  • Students will compare and analyze the actions of two main characters.


Arizona Early Learning Standards

Approaches to learning: Strand 5 Reasoning and problem solving, Concept 1 Reasoning

The child demonstrates the ability to analyze situations in order to form judgments.

Language and literacy: Strand 2 Emergent literacy, Concept 5 Comprehension

The child shows an interest in books and comprehends books read aloud with increasing text complexity.

  • Surfaces and test assumptions
  • changes perspectives
  • mental models
Materials Time Systems Tools
  • Two different versions of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (Dusty Locks and the Three Bears; Somebody and the Three Blairs)
  • markers
  • paper
Two 15-20 minute periods
  • Ladder of Inference

Implemented by: Jen Parker

Submitted by: Jen Parker

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