Eric Carle Week: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
Teacher, Teacher what do you see? I see a great book with lots of learning opportunities! I have yet to meet a class who didn’t love to listen to Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s delightful book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See. This book is rich with early learning skills. It can be used to introduce colors, real/fantasy, the sense of sight, sequencing, retelling and animals.
Circle Time Activities:
- Make a prediction web. In the center circle of the web pose the question what will brown bear see? Then record the students answers. I always get a lot of great answers to this question—everything from ice cream to hunters. After reading the story look back at your predictions and compare with what brown bear and the other animals actually saw.
- Use story props to help tell the story! My kids love when I bring in story props for them to help me as I read or for them to retell the story with after reading. I found a great Brown Bear printable pack and printed the pictures of all of the characters and placed magnetic tape on the back. As I read the story the student with the picture of the animal I am talking about places the animal on the board. Or you could make a story stick for Brown Bear with this awesome idea from makinglearningfun.com.
- Act out the story after you read it! What pre-k or kindergarten student doesn’t love role play? Assign each student a character from the story and let them act it out! My kids love crawling and growling like the brown bear, meowing like the purple cat and swimming like the goldfish!
- Ask your students to help you place the character in the order that we met them in the story on the board using the magnetic characters from #2. Talk about which character we met first, second, third, fourth etc. to learn about sequencing and sequencing math vocabulary!
- As you read ask the students what colors the animals are and ask if the animal could really be that color in real life. Talk about the difference between real and fantasy. Student’s love to feel like they are part of the read aloud and asking questions is a simple/easy way to involve them!
Small Group/Independent Activities:
Remember the Brown Bear printable pack I linked to earlier? It is chock full of great independent and small group activities to work on with your students! Here are some pictures of the printables from the pack that I have laminated and cut out!
- Heads and Tails match. These simple puzzles are great for independent work!
- 1-10 Puzzle. How fantastic is this puzzle? It helps the students place the animals in order they appear in the story and helps with recognizing numbers 1-10!
- What do you see? This activity puts the characters from the story inside shapes and the students have to tell you what shape the animal is in! Too cute and so much fun for small group time as an extension of the story!
- 1,2,3 Count with Me! Brown Bear number flash cards that can be used for number recognition! Great independent activity!
I have been looking for a really great Brown Bear Craft for years! I recently found this one on pintrest here is the original link to how to make this. For this project you will need: Brown paint, paint brushes, legal size paint paper, card stock to create bear template, pencils, scissors and wiggly eyes. Your template should include a body piece, head, two ears, two legs and a tail. To create this project follow these steps. First, have your students paint a large piece of painting paper brown. Let the paper dry and then flip it over and have the students trace the bear template parts onto the back. Then cut the pieces out and glue down on another sheet of paper. Add wiggly eyes and draw a face and claws on your bear. You end up with a collection of very unique little brown bears!