There are a couple of activities that I think live in every preschool. Bear hunt is one of them. What better way to celebrate a week of literature then to bring home a favorite (this one should live in your “school” too!)
Retold by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Michael Rosen did a beautiful job with this book. The words flow together in a sing song way. It is easy to add dramatics (and I suggest you do) as you read about this families search for a bear. Each new challenge that they meet is conquered with fabulous movement and sound effects. Visit Michael Rosen’s website and scroll down a bit. You will find a really fun video of Mr. Rosen acting out We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
Our Bear Hunt
what you need: kids . . . maybe
We have done a bear hunt so many times that I am barely necessary. I said “Let’s go on a bear hunt”. Big and Little M ran off and returned with supplies. Of course these supplies are not necessary and we usually pretend play every bit. We follow the story line, and improvise a little too.
After climbing trees in the forest, wading across a shallow river, and tip toeing through a dark cave we found a….
One of the things M and M had collected before the hunt was a paper and pencil. Great idea! After the shock of seeing the bear had worn off they quickly started recording the events of our adventure. Big M made a map of our trail. I love it when they add their own learning to our process!
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This post is a part of the Literature lesson plan.
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