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More Bear Ideas for Grade 1





We have now wrapped up our Bear unit. Well, except for our biscuit bears which we'll do next week. We're going to add a red hot heart to their lil' bodies to tie it in with Valentine's Day.

On to the bear activities.

ART

My teaching partner had the kids make these cutie-pies. They painted their paper dark brown (tempera paint) and then scratched the wet paint to give it some texture. Once the papers were dry they traced the various bear parts then cut them out and glued them onto their habitat pictures.

Bear paintings by 1st Grade students

Bear paintings by 1st Grade students

Bear paintings by 1st Grade students


RESEARCH

The kids worked together with my partner to research and write about Grizzly Bears. 

Bear research by 1st Grade students


They also made these great bear caves out of paper bags.

Bear caves by 1st Grade students

Reading Response

I read the kids Bedtime for Bear, a very sweet book about a big ol' grizzly trying to get ready for his winter hibernation.



Then they wrote about the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Story sequencing by 1st Grade students

Writing

Early on in the unit I had all the kids bring their teddy bears to school. We used them in Writing and Math. Here you can see their bear descriptions.

Written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students


After the kids wrote their descriptions they travelled around the room and read their pieces to 3 other people. This was a super successful way to share their writing AND to get some more reading practice. I'll definitely do this more often.

Reading our written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Math

We used snap cubes to measure the length of our bears.

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

And then they recorded their findings.

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students
Not everyone had a bear. One little guy brought in his moose!


 We also graphed our bears according to size.

Graphing our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

 And recorded that, also.

Graphing our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Gratitude

Finally (because I always like to teach good manners whenever I can) everyone wrote thank you notes to our guest, the Conservation Officer.

Writing thank you notes by 1st Grade students



If you missed the earlier post about our bear unit, be sure to check it out!

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Thanks for dropping by. And happy Family Day weekend to all my BC friends!

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4 comments

  1. All that math with their own bears sure takes the level of engagement and learning up a few notches!

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    1. I was actually thinking of you when I planned it, Tammy. You're always doing highly engaging math activities!

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  2. Wonderful unit! I may have to steal some of these ideas-our school mascot is a bear so they are near and dear to us! :)

    Not Just Child's Play

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    1. Thanks! The kids really enjoyed it all:)

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