Friday, September 16, 2011

Bears,Bears, and More Bears

Our week of bears is coming to an end.  And oh, what fun we have had.  We have read many books about bears, some fact and some fiction.  We have have done many activities with bears.

During our morning meeting with our teddy bears, each child told something about their bear.  They dictated the information to me to write on a chart.  We then discussed using uppercase letters at the beginning of a sentence and when writing some one's special name.  I drew a square around those words.  We also talked about a period at the end of a sentence and circled those.  The word bear was underlined in each sentence.

  Take a look at a few things we did in our centers.   We read and listened to stories about bears.

Don't you just love our new rug!!!  It is soooooo pretty and comfy too!

We spelled words with bears.  Some we spelled forward, and some backward. LOL!

We used bears to make patterns.  One sweet little girl told me she was making a pattern of bears using Christmas colors.  

Another enthusiastic child was eager to tell me that he was making a pattern using two kinds of the same color!

And my next little friend said that he was using bright colors in his patterns.

An oh, how fun it is to make patterns using many colors.

We read the book THE TEDDY BEAR PICNIC.

And then play a game about the teddy bear picnic. 

This game is a very simple game.  Just roll the die and move the correct amount of spaces to get your teddy bear from the house to the picnic in the woods!  Though it is a simple game, there are many lessons here.  
1.  reading the numeral on the die.
2.  counting and moving the correct number of spaces.
3.  moving only your teddy bear.
4.  taking your turn.
5.  when rolling the die, not throwing it across the room.  (This one seemed to be a problem for a couple of little friends.)  Resulted in a little timeout.  And oh, that was no fun..  I think lesson was learned.  At least for today.  

One the most interesting centers was to measure and record the length of your Teddy Bear's ears, arms, and legs.  And then measure the height of your bear.  

We played a few other games with a teddy bear theme that focused on beginning sounds, rhyming words, and identifying the number of objects in a set.  

We also colored, cut and sorted the beds, bowls, and chairs of The Three Bears.  And for a little writing, we wrote the names, Papa, Mama, and Baby under the bears pictures.

We have had such a fun week and learned so many things!! 

1 comment:

  1. I'm impressed with all the great activities I'm seeing. I never knew you could use bears to spell words. I do have one question: Does anyone know where the name "teddy bear" came from?