We’ve already completed another book with a bear theme; I think the boys believe bears is the focus for the whole school year. Ha!
Yet, it was a wonderful read — I enjoyed planning our activities. Our boys are currently 37 months and 6.5 years old, and we rowed this book over two weeks.
We talked of the concepts over, under and through since these directional cues are a major focus within the story. Then we acted them out using our play tunnel.
boys + outdoors + play tunnel = FUN!
Using full color pictures from these Bear Hunt lapbook printables, we placed each setting in order as the family faced them in the story. For preschool, I read the story and he chose which picture to place next. Then we matched ours to the illustrations as seen above.
For 1st grade, I talked about ordinal numbers…first, second, third, etc….and also introduced transitional words: ”First they…, then the family…, after this it was…finally they…etc.” I also asked if he could put the picture settings in order without looking back at the book — he could!
We have a set of seasonal sequencing cards that’s been around for ages. I tried to find some on Amazon, but the search led to the movie Braveheart. Hmmm….not sure of the connection there! Sorry I can’t offer a resource.
I had my 1st grader orally narrate to me what was happening in the story using transitional words. Also, we made up what could have happened after the 3rd picture and came up with some unique and funny stories!
For math, there was plenty of patterning happening….(worksheet from Homeschool Share)
I introduced Venn diagramming for 1st grade. We had tried this last year, but he wasn’t catching on (or interested in catching on)…but this round was successful and enjoyable. Our counting bears are also old, now there are ones with different colors, sizes and weights!
This Big Book on bears was first purchased when my oldest was homeschooling 2nd grade…she’s now out of high school!
For science we took a look at three different bears — grizzly (which we believe was in the story), panda and polar bears.
We talked habitats, a bit on hibernation and about how the polar bear is the largest bear in the world! My 3-year old (I’m not really sure he understood this) just kept saying “WHOA! WHOA!” over and over. Sweet.
We revisited our time and memories around our Polar Babbabox activities from this summer.
Our favorite activity for sensory and messy play (important to the boys!) was setting up a sequence of events from the story and acting them out, first using the doll house family and then fingers and hands.
Instead of Mom reading the story aloud again, we listened to the author — a delightful telling on youtube! The boys, now very familiar with the story, sing-songed with Mr. Rosen as they moved along our setup. Bear Hunt, like Blueberries for Sal, has great onomatopoeias…my 6-yr old loved these!
Here’s our setup for the story:
grass: from outdoors – river: water with dab of blue food coloring – mud: aloe vera gel with bit of cocoa powder (could use real chocolate pudding)
forest: trees from our play sets – snowstorm: crushed ice – cave: built out of blocks with brown felt over the top
I used finger paint paper underneath since it’s a little slippery and would make the ‘mud’ more fun!
All tucked back into bed just like the end of the book!
Lastly, I whipped up a vegan chocolate pudding since both boys are allergic to dairy…um, it wasn’t a big hit with one of the boys (or both of the girls). One kiddo out of four isn’t enough to repeat. Oh well, worth the try!