Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma
Note: This unit was designed for PK-1st grades
Each of these vocabulary words are actions used
by Bear. Discuss what each word means with your child. Have your child draw Bear
doing each word on the back of the corresponding card (you may want to print the
cards onto cardstock for durability). On consecutive readings, have your child
act out the word when he hears you read it.
Vocabulary Cards with Pictures
Vocabulary Words Blank
|Slumbering||Bear Snores On||head down sleeping/snoring|
|Whimpers||Bear Snores On||sad face/quiet crying sound|
|Gnarls||Bear Snores On||mean face/make noise *not included in the printable files|
|Roars||Bear Wants More||loud mean noise|
|Wails||Bear Wants More||sad, loud cry|
|Gobbles||Bear Wants More||pretend to eat quickly|
|Sigh||Bear Stays Up||shoulders down/sigh|
|Plods||Bear Stays Up||stand/pretend to walk through snow|
|Toils||Bear Stays Up||working with hands|
Each of these delightful books lends itself to great echo reading. The title of each book is what your child will be echoing (and in most cases will be “reading” to you by the second or third reading). My son loves to chime in, “but the bear snores on!"
Traditions: (ties in with Bible lesson)
Focusing on Bear Stays Up, talk about Christmas traditions with your children, possibly starting with the tradition of gift giving. Talk about traditions your family already has, remember, although Christmas is a good starting place for your child in this lesson, traditions are created and implemented all year. Do you usually go to the same Grandparents house for Labor Day, or always camp for a week in the same spot every year? Do you start the school year off the same way every year? etc. If possible, this would be a good time to snuggle up with your family scrapbook and reminisce about wonderful family times. Now, brainstorm some new traditions you can try this year. Print out the traditions tab book, have your child fill in and/or depict the tried and true ones and the new ones you may just implement this year.
Animal Homes: Lair
A lair is a home or resting place for a wild animal. Bear’s home/lair is represented in all three books. Discuss with your child what a lair is and what could be used for a lair. For example, some animals use naturally occurring lairs such as a cave or a well-hidden overhang whereas some animals such as badgers will build their own.
Create your own lair.
If the weather cooperates, find a safe and fun place to build your lair. Perhaps low dense shrubbery that you can tunnel into or trees that are close together (use boxes, tarps, blankets etc to add to the “closed-in, safe feeling.) If you cannot go out for this activity try under a desk, the back of a closet or even the tub with a blanket thrown over it! Be creative and have fun. If time permits, act out part of one the books. Perhaps, your child could be the snoring bear and you and/or siblings could be the other animals.
Brown Bears and Polar
Use the venn diagram to compare and contrast brown bears and polar bears (you can also make it into a minit book).
Average life: 21-33 years
Can run up to 35 miles per hour
Live in the Northern hemisphere
Natural predator is the Siberian Tiger
Short stubby tails
Not true hibernators* (are easily awakened)
Fur is “hollow” (for warmth)
Live in artic regions
Humans are their only predator
Live an average 15-18 years
Only pregnant females will enter a snow den
If you are working with an older child or a very inquisitive one, you may want to further research the “hibernation” of bears. For this lesson, I have sufficed it to say they are easily woken up such as Bear is in Bear Snores On and in Bear Stays Up. If your child questions this, research it together. You should be able to obtain the information on the Internet or at your library.
With a focus on Bear Stays Up, discuss gift giving at Christmas with your child. This book is a wonderful way to introduce (or review) the reason why you give gifts.
Review the wise men and the three gifts that they brought to baby Jesus and the significance of each. After this lesson, print the gift flip flap book, have your child draw the corresponding picture under each flap.
After drawing each object, you could have your
add glitter to the gold flap, rub a small amount of liquid incense (or perfume) to
frankincense, rub a spice onto the myrrh, and make the “best gift of all” flap
extra special (perhaps let him use paint or marker on this one and add a photo
of themselves or your family).
Gold: this is believed to
have been given to baby Jesus to help with the expenses they would incur.
Remember, God told Joseph in a dream to not return home. Joseph would not be
returning to his home and job for many years yet he would still be responsible
for Mary and Jesus.
this was an
expensive incense used to burn during special religious worship times.
Myrrh: myrrh was a spice used to anoint dead
bodies in preparation for burial.
Jesus: the greatest gift ever given. God gave His precious and only son to die for our salvation and the salvation of our children.
Print the John 3:16 pull tab on cardstock. Have your child cut/paste the verse on to the blank area (or write part of it) Your child will enjoy reviewing the verse each day.
Each of these three books include the same community of animal
friends: Bear, Mouse, Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Wren, and Raven. A community
is a group of people (or in this case animals) that share an environment
(Bear’s lair and the surrounding area) and have common interests. The animals
work together to help each other. For instance, in Bear Snores On the
animals work together to get warm and make food. In Bear Wants More they
work together to find food for a hungry bear. In Bear Stays Up they work
together to keep Bear awake so they can share Christmas.
Discuss the importance of working together and helping each other. How does this help your family and home run better and demonstrate love for one another? Print the “Helping my Family” wheel book (you may want to use cardstock) and have your child either write or draw pictures of four ways they can help their family.
Counting/Adding and Subtracting
There are many opportunities in these books for
Using Bear Snores On, count the different actions used by Bear when he is first awoken: gnarls, snarls, roars, rumbles, jumps, stomps, growls, and grumbles. Count the animals on the pages as they increase: 1 Mouse, 2 Mouse and Hare, 3 Mouse, Hare, and Badger, then Gopher, Mole, Wren and Raven enter together (4) and they are all represented on the following page (7 total). On the last two pages all eight friends are shown.
Using Bear Stays Up, count the stockings hanging by the door; now count the friends. Is there the same number? (no) Who do you think does not have a stocking and why? To further this lesson you could use socks from your family to practice adding and subtracting.
Using Bear Wants More, determine how many different things does Bear eat before he tries to get into his lair? (four: grass, strawberries, clover, and fish)
All three of these books are illustrated by the
same person, Jane Chapman. Spend some time going through each book enjoying the
beautiful pictures she has created. Right away your child will notice many
similarities such as, each book begins in Bear’s lair and each book ends with
someone sleeping. As previously mentioned, each book has the same community
of friends in it (Bear, Mouse, hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Wren, and Raven).
Print the shutter book and clipart page for your child. Now challenge your child to find the items from the clipart page that are in all three books (plate, cup, teapot, cooking fire, scarf, and the three sticks used to hold the kettle). I couldn't find a clip-art of a kettle, so your child may want to draw that one (or you could draw it for him.) Once your child has found all seven have him cut out, and paste the seven correct items to the inside of the book.
Crafts and Other Fun
Snow is beautifully illustrated in both Bear Snores On and in Bear Stays Up. Discuss with your child that snow is really ice crystals. You should be able to find some great illustrations of snow crystals from books at your library or from the included website. Then make a crystal with your child. Follow this link for both beautiful colored photos and a recipe for creating your own crystal.
For younger children, or for older ones who would like to create on their own, show them how to fold a piece of paper and cut out designs to create different snowflakes. You can also use coffee filters for this projects. For ideas, you can go here.
Look at the bear snowman on the last page of Bear Stays Up (Mole is working on it). If you are doing this book during a snowy season, go out and make a bear snowman. If it isn’t snowing, or if it doesn’t snow where you live make one inside! You can purchase a bucket of “snow” at teacher supply stores. Most are simple to make, just add water (and they keep for a long time). Have fun creating Bear and all of his friends (what a fun way to spend a hot day indoors in the air conditioning)!
There were several different treats used in these books.
Bear Snores On: popcorn, black tea, honey-nuts, stew (it does not state a particular type)
Bear Wants More: strawberries, fish, honey-cakes (not to mention grass and clover)
Bear Stays Up: mint tea,
popcorn (for the tree this time), and fruitcake. Cookies are
also shown in this book.
You could either make a treat or two after each
book or have a Bear and Friends meal at the end of this unit and try them all!
recipe pocket and include your favorite
recipes from this unit study.
Follow the links to find a recipe for Honey-cake and fruitcake