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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?

The repetition and colorful illustrations in this classic picture book by Bill Martin Jr, make it a favorite of many children. On each page, we meet a new animal who helps us discover which creature will show up next. "Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? I see a redbird looking at me...". This pattern is repeated over and over, until the pre-reader can join in with the reader, easily predicting the next lines. Giggles and raised eyebrows will accompany the story as the animals become stranger and stranger (a purple cat!?).

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Animal Movements
Have the chidren pretend and move around the room like the animals in the story: Fly like a bird, Crawl like a dog, Pound feet and stomp around like a bear, Swim like a fish, Gallop like a horse, Quack like a duck.

Color Hunt
Give story cards to small groups of children or individual children. Give each group a pad of paper (3 pages) and a crayon the color of their story card. Have the children go on a color hunt. Each group is to find three things in the room that is the color of their story card. When the object is found the children are to draw the found object on one of the pages of their color hunt pads.
The children can also write the name or pretend to write the name of the object under the pictures. Call the children back to the circle and each group may then share what they found.

Brown Bear Tour
Before children arrive hide pictures of all the animals in the story around the school (cafeteria, office, bathroom, music room, ect...). After reading the story tell the children that the animals from the story came to visit the school only they are hiding and everyone has to help find them.
Retell the story as you walk around the building finding each animal. As you find each animal introduce the children to the area and the people in that area.
If possible when each story card is found take a picture of the children in that area with the story card. Place the pictures in your room or make a big book of the pictures for the class.
Teddy Bear Action Song and Movements
Sing this song and act out the movements:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, brush your hair.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say goodnight!