We have been reading a lot of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in our classroom.
It started off when we read one version (as it has beds it in) when my class first started their fascination with beds. A child announced that he had that story at home. Another child chimed in and another, so I encouraged them to bring in their versions. So many different copies poured in.
We have been enjoying reading, comparing, contrasting the various illustrations and endings, foods and circumstances that create the basic premise.
This story lends itself so well to acting it out. It is easy to remember and children love the lines and the various voices. We did it in a controlled manor in small groups as an activity and now the materials (three bowls of various sizes, three chairs, three blankets for beds) are out for the children to use during free play every day.
I love to watch how they negotiate who will play each role, how they set up their stage, who becomes the director, how they portray the characters, and if the story follows the script or takes on a life of its own.
I can learn so much about each child by being an audience member, and each child is learning so much by taking part in this kind of play.
Do you have a story that you have read recently that your students would love to act out? Give it a try.