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This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett.

When Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe, she races after them. She comes upon an igloo with no one home and goes inside.

Turns out the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear’s bed.

from The Three Snow Bears summary at amazon.com

The Three Snow Bears Unit Study Lessons

Here are some sample lessons from the The Three Snow Bears Unit Study.

Biomes: Tundra
A biome is a group of plants and animals living in a certain environment. Discuss the environment in this story. What’s it like? The type of biome is called tundra which is the coldest and driest of all the biomes; it is also very large covering about one fifth of the land on earth. A tundra is characterized as being a treeless plain especially of arctic regions having a permanently frozen layer below the surface soil. Even though you think plants wouldn’t survive, plants do exist! Plant life made up mostly of mosses, lichens, herbs, and very small shrubs. (See next lesson for animals that can survive in this type of biome.) With an interested student, explore the biome that you live in. What is it called, and what is your environment like?

Art: Facial Expressions
Jan Brett does a wonderful job with facial expressions. Look through the illustrations through the book and discuss the different facial expressions of the characters. Ask your student, “How do you think this bear feels right now?” If you have other Jan Brett books, you may want to look through other books (Daisy Comes Home is another good example), and pick out characters with great facial expressions. What kind of expressions can you see on the faces of the characters? Surprise? Wonder? Confusion? 

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The Three Snow Bears Lapbook Printables

In addition to the unit study lessons, the file also includes these mini-books for your student to make a The Three Snow Bears Lapbook:

  • New Words Igloo Shapes
  • Do People Live in Igloos? Matchbook
  • Polar Bear Anatomy Layer Book
  • The Arctic Circle Simple Fold
  • Polar Bear Diet Shape Book
  • Ice Floe, Glacier, or Iceberg? Mini-book
  • My Soup Recipes Pocket
  • Maps of Canada Twice Folded Book
  • Setting Details Simple Fold
  • Siberian Husky Tri-fold
  • How to Build an Igloo Flap Book
  • Polar Bear Family Names Petal Book
  • Where Can I Find Polar Bears T-book
  • Prewriting Page (write your own story similar to Goldilocks and the Three Bears)
  • My Story Pocket

The Three Snow Bears Lapbook Example

This lapbook was made with two file folders glued together. If you need more instructions, try How to Make a Lapbook.

First File Folder (on the left)
Second File Folder (on the right)

How to Get Started with Your The Three Snow Bears Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the The Three Snow Bears Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, The Three Snow Bears, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the The Three Snow Bears unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of learning with The Three Snow Bears.

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