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Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 45-minute sessions|
Zebulon, North Carolina
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2002)
- Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky (Putnam, 1996)
- Chart paper and markers
- Overhead transparencies and projector
- Small paper bags (e.g., lunch bags)
- Art supplies
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!
- National Geographic Kids: Brown Bears
- North American Bear Center
- National Wildlife Federation: Grizzly Bear
- NatureWorks: Grizzly Bear
- CanTeach: Songs & Poems - Bears
- Bear Unit: Mrs. Fischer's Kinder-Themes
|1.||Obtain and familiarize yourself with Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Every Autumn Comes a Bear by Jim Arnosky. The first is a fictional picture book that shows a bear sleeping in his cave while other animals join him for a midwinter party, eventually waking him up. The second is a nonfiction book about a bear that shows up at a farm every autumn. The story tells about a series of routines the bear does before finding a den among the hilltop boulders where he sleeps all winter.
|2.||Practice reading the two books aloud, preparing to pause and ask students questions as you do so. You may want to write some of the following prompts on sticky notes.
Questions for Bear Snores On:
|3.||Use the National Geographic Kids: Brown Bears, North American Bear Center, National Wildlife Foundation: Grizzly Bear, and the NatureWorks: Grizzly Bear websites to find information to share about bears and hibernation. Pick the amount and type of information that is appropriate for your students (see Session 2, Step 1). You can also use the Facts About Brown Bears handout with your students.
|4.||Copy "Big Paws" and "Little Bear" from CanTeach: Songs & Poems - Bears and "Bear Finger Play" from Bear Unit: Mrs. Fischer's Kinder-Themes on chart paper or overhead transparencies. Practice the song "Little Bear," which is sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques," and the finger motions that accompany "Bear Finger Play."
|5.||Make a paper-bag bear puppet using the Bear Puppet Template to show students as an example.
|6.||Visit and familiarize yourself with the Stapleless Book. Make a transparency of the Stapleless Book Planning Sheet.