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TEACHER TRAININGToy Story: The Three Billy Goats Gruff — A Story in 5 Parts

The old folk tale of the hungry troll who lives under a bridge is adapted to teach early childhood math when goats, snakes, giraffes, elephants, and cookies try to cross over to the other side.

The story’s voices, gestures, and facial expressions help kids learn about size, height, length, weight, and thickness through child-centered humor and play.

For each of the 5 stories, children draw story maps and retell the story to show their understanding. Practice arts integrated teaching with your students and watch their understanding of of measurable attributes soar!

About this Workshop

In this arts integration workshop early learning educators use storytelling to teach children size, length, height, weight, and thickness. Join this hands-on training and learn to use your voice, facial expression, and gesture to teach small, medium-sized, and large; short-medium-length, and long; and other measurable attributes. Discover how to animate small toys and simple objects while you lead students in the storytelling. As the tale unfolds, the measurable attributes that describe the story’s characters are revealed. Students draw story maps to demonstrate their comprehension of both the story and the measurable attributes.

The Moving Through Math Toy Story titled, The Three Billy Goats Gruff – a Story in 5 Parts is used to teach the attributes of size, length, height, weight, and thickness. Each story has recommended follow-up activities for further exploration of these math standards. Practice arts integrated teaching with your students and watch the transformation in their spatial reasoning!


Grade Level: Pre-K - K

Number of Participants: 35

Workshop Time: 3 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD projector and Screen

  • Speakers

  • Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen

Resources Required

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