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Reading and responding to 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'

I can listen to and discuss a traditional tale.

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Year 1

Reading and responding to 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'

I can listen to and discuss a traditional tale.

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Key learning points

  1. Predictions can be made based on illustrations, what has already been read and the front cover
  2. One person's prediction may be different to another person's
  3. Traditional tales often start by introducing the characters, such as the three goats and setting the scene
  4. The Three Billy Goats Gruff teaches the reader to be kind to others
  5. Traditional tales mostly end happily, such as being able to cross the bridge

Common misconception

Children may already know the story, so therefore will be unable to make a prediction.

Celebrate if children have heard a version before. Play a game to imagine that memory has gone from their heads and just get them to use the front cover as clues imagining they are detectives.

Keywords

  • Character - a person or an animal in a story

  • Setting - where the story takes place

  • Plot - what happens in the story

  • Prediction - making a guess using what we already know

Provide lots of opportunities to re-read the whole story to the class. Retell the story how you would like them to write it - past tense, using sequencing language, description and using 'and' to join two ideas. Look at lessons 7 and 8 for examples.
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6 Questions

Q1.
What can we usually find on the front cover of a book?
video
Correct answer: title
Correct answer: author
numbers
Q2.
An author is ...
where the story happens.
Correct answer: the person who has written the book.
a person or animal in the story.
the person who has drawn the pictures.
Q3.
The title of a book is ...
the main event in the story.
where the story happens.
the person who has written the book.
Correct answer: the name of the book.
Q4.
Put the parts of a story in the correct order.
1 - beginning
2 - middle
3 - end
Q5.
Match these words to the correct word class in the following sentence: 'The old bridge wobbled.'
Correct Answer:old,adjective

adjective

Correct Answer:bridge,noun

noun

Correct Answer:wobbled,verb

verb

Q6.
__________ is a type of story that is made up or imagined.
A poem
Correct answer: Fiction
Non-fiction
An author

6 Questions

Q1.
What is a character?
Correct answer: a person or an animal in a story
where the story takes place
what happens in the story
Q2.
Which of these characters are in the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'?
bears
Correct answer: goats
Correct answer: troll
dragon
Q3.
What is the setting of a story?
what happens in a story
the people or animals in the story
Correct answer: where the story takes place
Q4.
Which of these are settings in the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'?
Correct answer: grassy meadow
a forest
Correct answer: bridge over the river
a castle
Q5.
When we look at the front cover of a book, what can help us make a prediction?
author
Correct answer: title
illustrator
Correct answer: pictures or illustrations
Q6.
What happens to the billy goats at the end of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'?
They become friends with the troll.
They cannot cross the bridge so they stay in the brown meadow.
Correct answer: They cross the bridge and eat in the grassy meadow.
They fall into the river.

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