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November 7, 2017

Bear Snores On: Learning Activities and Crafts

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    I love a good book! In my experience, the best books are the ones that create great platforms that launch learning activities you and your students can use and learn from. Bear Snores On is one of these books! If you don’t have a copy of this lovely story, I urge you to get one right away.

    A "Beary" Cute Craft

    Oh my! This little bear turned out waaaay cuter than I could’ve have ever imagined. My kids had a blast making our sleepy bears, and the prep time was next to nothing. It was a win-win for me — super cute, and I didn’t spend hours getting it ready for my littles to make! Here are the templates I used to prepare for this craft.

    Teddy Bear Math

    My students had a great time doing Teddy Bear Math! It was a very engaging activity, and was easily differentiated by passing out more or less teddy bears to each of my students. Having cute little bears to count gave each one of my students the opportunity to experience great success with this FUN activity. Yay!! Here are the Counting Bears activity pages I used for this lesson.

    First, we sorted our bears by colors. Colors are something that we are constantly working on in kindergarten. This activity gave us the opportunity to practice those important words one more time.

    Second, after sorting our bears, we graphed our data. My kids absolutely LOVE doing graphs!

    Finally, we used our graphs to write number sentences. I learn a lot from watching my kids work. Some of my students add mentally, while others use manipulatives (bears) to solve their problems. Both of these methods are just fine in kindergarten!

     

    This little guy just melted my teacher heart. He was having some struggles at first, but with a little extra help — and those cute counting bears — he was off and doing his math all by himself. As soon as he was done, he got up and helped one of his buddies who needed a little help too. He was so proud of himself, and so was I! I just couldn’t resist taking this video. This is what I LOVE about being a teacher!!!

    I Feel Like a Sleepy Bear When…

    Kindergarten writing is the best! I love seeing these kids develop into amazing writers over the course of just one year. This writing activity allows students to make those important text-to-self connections! This is the writing page I created for this activity

    Label a Bear

    We do a lot of labeling. Labels are a great way to build early literacy skills and grow vocabularies. Labeling real things, like bears, gives students an opportunity to learn more about the world around them. My kids have a blast figuring out each label, and putting it where it belongs!

    A “Beary” Engaging Classroom Magazine

    A few years ago, I started using classroom magazines and they have completely changed my classroom. I LOVE the My Big World with Clifford magazine and I can’t imagine not having this resource to share with my students. My Big World is a highlight in our week and my kids always look forward to reading their new magazine. The seasonal science and social studies themes line up perfectly with the topics I teach. To get your own weekly subscription, just visit the My Big World webpage. The November edition, Go to Sleep, Bears is filled with beautiful images, engaging videos, and games your students will just LOVE!

    BookFlix

    BookFlix is a digital literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with a nonfiction eBook on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. BookFlix is one of our favorite resources in kindergarten! Click HERE to start your free trial.

    Here's wishing you and your students have as much fun learning about bears as we did. I sure hope you can use some of these activities and that you always remember, when you love what you teach, your students will love what they learn!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog, and here’s to a BEARY good November!

    xo-Shari

     

     

    I love a good book! In my experience, the best books are the ones that create great platforms that launch learning activities you and your students can use and learn from. Bear Snores On is one of these books! If you don’t have a copy of this lovely story, I urge you to get one right away.

    A "Beary" Cute Craft

    Oh my! This little bear turned out waaaay cuter than I could’ve have ever imagined. My kids had a blast making our sleepy bears, and the prep time was next to nothing. It was a win-win for me — super cute, and I didn’t spend hours getting it ready for my littles to make! Here are the templates I used to prepare for this craft.

    Teddy Bear Math

    My students had a great time doing Teddy Bear Math! It was a very engaging activity, and was easily differentiated by passing out more or less teddy bears to each of my students. Having cute little bears to count gave each one of my students the opportunity to experience great success with this FUN activity. Yay!! Here are the Counting Bears activity pages I used for this lesson.

    First, we sorted our bears by colors. Colors are something that we are constantly working on in kindergarten. This activity gave us the opportunity to practice those important words one more time.

    Second, after sorting our bears, we graphed our data. My kids absolutely LOVE doing graphs!

    Finally, we used our graphs to write number sentences. I learn a lot from watching my kids work. Some of my students add mentally, while others use manipulatives (bears) to solve their problems. Both of these methods are just fine in kindergarten!

     

    This little guy just melted my teacher heart. He was having some struggles at first, but with a little extra help — and those cute counting bears — he was off and doing his math all by himself. As soon as he was done, he got up and helped one of his buddies who needed a little help too. He was so proud of himself, and so was I! I just couldn’t resist taking this video. This is what I LOVE about being a teacher!!!

    I Feel Like a Sleepy Bear When…

    Kindergarten writing is the best! I love seeing these kids develop into amazing writers over the course of just one year. This writing activity allows students to make those important text-to-self connections! This is the writing page I created for this activity

    Label a Bear

    We do a lot of labeling. Labels are a great way to build early literacy skills and grow vocabularies. Labeling real things, like bears, gives students an opportunity to learn more about the world around them. My kids have a blast figuring out each label, and putting it where it belongs!

    A “Beary” Engaging Classroom Magazine

    A few years ago, I started using classroom magazines and they have completely changed my classroom. I LOVE the My Big World with Clifford magazine and I can’t imagine not having this resource to share with my students. My Big World is a highlight in our week and my kids always look forward to reading their new magazine. The seasonal science and social studies themes line up perfectly with the topics I teach. To get your own weekly subscription, just visit the My Big World webpage. The November edition, Go to Sleep, Bears is filled with beautiful images, engaging videos, and games your students will just LOVE!

    BookFlix

    BookFlix is a digital literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with a nonfiction eBook on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. BookFlix is one of our favorite resources in kindergarten! Click HERE to start your free trial.

    Here's wishing you and your students have as much fun learning about bears as we did. I sure hope you can use some of these activities and that you always remember, when you love what you teach, your students will love what they learn!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog, and here’s to a BEARY good November!

    xo-Shari

     

     

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