Bears Bears Bears!

Inside: Lots of bear activities for a primary class.

We’re learning about bears again! This is one of my favourite units because there are just so many fun things to do.

We jump-started the unit with a visit from our local Conservation Officer. The kids were thrilled with his visit and learned LOTS, including many safety tips.

The highlight of the visit, though, was when he showed the kids this little guy!

Stuffed baby bear cub. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

My first thought was, “Oh my gosh! He’s so cute.” That was quickly followed by “Oh no, what happened?”

Turns out this little cub was orphaned and sadly he wasn’t found until it was too late. But the good part of it is that he’s making lots of children very happy.

My kids just couldn’t get over how soft and sweet looking he was.

Petting a stuffed bear. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

My TOC wrote up this great chart with the kids:

Bear chart. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

And then they drew and labeled some pictures and wrote some bear facts.

Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

If you’re doing your own bear unit, you might want to check out this bear post.

A couple of years ago we made these great bear habitat triaramas.

And last year we had lots of fun making biscuit bears and writing about them.

Click for more info and a freebie

We watched an adorable video about Nora the polar bear cub.


And here’s a free polar bear math game.

Polar bear bump subtraction. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

One year we made these adorable brown bears.

Brown bear art. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

If you haven’t read Big Bear Hug yet, then be sure to check it out. It’s well worth it!

We also read The Very Cranky Bear (which was lots of fun). Click on the link to read the book review AND grab this freebie.

Bears can, have, are, freebie. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

And here’s another book I absolutely adore: Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest. This post has a book review, directed drawing AND a super bear video!

And lastly, you can find a couple of cute art projects and a review of The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud

Have a great weekend and stay tuned for more bear activities!

13 thoughts on “Bears Bears Bears!”

  1. I won't be teaching much science either. I just cut my time down to .68 last week so my teaching partner will continue with most of it. Mind you, I'll be integrating the units into language arts and it'll still be fun 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing Barb! I'm starting a unit on bears and loved all the good books you recommended! The Polar bear video was really cute and the kids will love it! Brenda

  3. Love this bear unit! The students' diagrams and drawings of the different bears are great! I know they must have had a lot of fun and learned so much.


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