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

If you click here you can grab the bear template we used.

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

 

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!

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


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