Bears are just so interesting, aren't they? They look so cuddly and seem like they are just gentle giants. Or are they? Well, of course, we know they are not. We also know that you shouldn't tangle with them. Kids, like us, really are fascinated by them, so why not use this winter to explore bear fiction and nonfiction with some of these fun resources and ideas.
Bear Feels Scared is about Bear getting caught in a storm. Themes explored through this book include storm safety and helping others. This resource addresses story plot (problem/solution), character traits (character webs), author's purpose, genre, point of view (flipbook foldable), cause and effect, and making connections. In addition, this set has the research lapbook and a class book called "All about Bears".
Bear Snores On is all about bear waking up from hibernation. This is the perfect unit to teach animal adaptations (for bears) and this unit also includes the bear research lapbook and a class book about hibernation. Comprehension skills in this unit are story elements including setting,characters and character traits, plot (beginning, middle, end), summarizing, and making comparisons.
Bear's New Friend is about friendship of course, and it is just the sweetest. I believe that any time we can weave into our instruction themes like kindness, generosity, empathy, and friendship, we should seize it. This resource includes graphic organizers and materials for making predictions-anchor chart and organizer, story elements-anchor chart and organizer, character traits, summarizing the text, making connections-anchor chart and organizer, and
making comparisons across texts.
Finally, Bear Wants More is in this collection too. This title is about needs and wants. Bear wakes up and is STARVING. He just can't get enough which could lead to great talks about sharing, greed, and friendship. Reading skills include story elements anchor chart and graphic organizer, summarizing chart and organizer, sequencing project, character traits, questioning task cards for group discussion, and class book titled, "I Want More: Lessons on Sharing".
Beary Fun Activities
There are so many great options for studying bears and hibernation across grade levels, and one way to work in nonfiction information is to use Close Reading sets. My students have enjoyed the varied topics we've discussed, and what they don't realize is that we've worked on fluency too. Here is one set I've uploaded recently. It will be free Thursday and Friday. To access it, just click on the image below. I hope your students enjoy it.
How about a few fun finds from other places? Here are my favorites.
There are also quite a few great freebies on TPT that I'd like to share. I will link those up at the beginning of the linky list below and pin them on this Pinterest board. Can you picture what a fun week this would be for your students?
What ideas do you have for bears? Feel free to share in the comments, link up your freebie, or blog about it and link up your post. Then, we'll all have...A Beary Good Bear Week!