How Goldilocks Helps Introduce The Legal System

Little Red Riding Hood put on quite an act to get her BFF Goldilocks off the hook.
Little Red Riding Hood put on quite an act to get her BFF Goldilocks off the hook.
The prosecution was sure Goldilocks was guilty.
The prosecution was sure Goldilocks was guilty.
The Sheriff did his best to not allow Papa Bear and his cast of cronies to team up against Goldilocks.
The Sheriff did his best to not allow Papa Bear and his cast of cronies to team up against Goldilocks.
A couple of Blind Mice were called to testify, but determined they didn’t see very much.
A couple of Blind Mice were called to testify, but determined they didn’t see very much.
Mr. Glen Vogel is a local attorney who has created a unique way to teach young students how the legal system works. In this photo, he instructs the jury and takes a count of the verdict.
Mr. Glen Vogel is a local attorney who has created a unique way to teach young students how the legal system works. In this photo, he instructs the jury and takes a count of the verdict.
Ms. Dolan and Ms. Manners 5th grade class pose for their families in attendance, while the jury deliberates in the hall.
Ms. Dolan and Ms. Manners 5th grade class pose for their families in attendance, while the jury deliberates in the hall.
Judge Shumm reads the verdict to Goldilocks who was found guilty as a trespasser. As her penance, Goldilocks was to bring latté’s to each Maplewood teacher for the rest of the month.
Judge Shumm reads the verdict to Goldilocks who was found guilty as a trespasser. As her penance, Goldilocks was to bring latté’s to each Maplewood teacher for the rest of the month.

Goldilocks and a cast of characters helped explain the legal system in a unique learning experience. Will it be a fairy tale ending for Goldilocks, or will she be sentenced to community service or possibly even prison for breaking the law?

Maplewood’s fifth-grade classes are producing and acting in a production of “The Trial of Goldilocks.” Maplewood’s fourth-grade classes were responsible for deciding Goldilocks fate. For several weeks, Glen Vogel, a local attorney, known around Maplewood as ‘Lawyer Dude,’ introduced Maplewood’s fifth graders to our government’s judicial system by inviting them to participate in an actual trial

In The Trial of Goldilocks, defendants such as Goldilocks parents, her best friend Little Red Riding Hood, Sly Fox, Rocky Raccoon, and Wise Old Owl, to name a few, took the stand to convince a group of fourth grade jurors that Goldilocks did not trespass and cause destruction to the home of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear. The witnesses, namely The Bear family, Big Bad Wolf, Blind Mouse, Chicken Little, and Gingerbread Boy took the stand to prove Goldilocks guilt.

A full courtroom enjoyed a wonderfully witty and creative story acted out by an equally fabulous group of Maplewood’s fifth graders who are able to develop an understanding of how a trial unfolds through acting. All participants benefited from this fun, interactive, learning experience.

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