The Trial of Goldilocks

The Gingerbread Man being sworn in by the bailiff.  thumbnail105074
The Gingerbread Man being sworn in by the bailiff.
Playing the part of the prosecution helped students learn about our judicial system. thumbnail105075
Playing the part of the prosecution helped students learn about our judicial system.
Parents in the audience watch intently to see which way the trial will go.  thumbnail105076
Parents in the audience watch intently to see which way the trial will go.
Chicken Little was on the defense while giving his alibi.  thumbnail105077
Chicken Little was on the defense while giving his alibi.
Old Mr. Drew shares his part of the story with the jury.  thumbnail105078
Old Mr. Drew shares his part of the story with the jury.

Children learn in a number of different ways. However, when they are engaged and enjoy the process, even complicated lessons can be effectively mastered. One great example is how our fifth-grade students at Maplewood Intermediate School are learning about the criminal justice system.

The Maplewood P.T.A. sponsored “The Trial of Goldilocks” for all grade five classes. The nine classes were divided among three school days. The “gallery” of parents in attendance tried to stifle their laughter and applause as their students acted out the parts of the prosecutor, defense attorney, bailiff, and witnesses. Among the characters put on the stand were Chicken Little (who, when being sworn in, lead the entire room in the Chicken Dance), the Big Bad Wolf, Three Blind Mice, the Three Little Pigs, the Wise Old Owl, and numerous others.

The script, written by lawyer and play director Glen Vogel, was accompanied by music and special effects. Grade four students played the part of the jury and listened as the prosecution attempted to convict and the defense attempted to provide “reasonable doubt.” The proceedings replicated the actual judicial process as witnesses were sworn in, testified and were cross-examined.

Both fourth and fifth-grade students participated in learning about the judicial process and grade four students experienced a program which they’ll enjoy as fifth graders next year.

Thanks to the Maplewood P.T.A. for their support and congratulations to all fifth-grade students for their performances.