Literature. . .We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
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.
We always pack a back pack. Usually a pretend one! We talk about what we will need. Will it be cold? Will we get hungry? Should we bring a camera?
Little M drives us to the perfect location.
Our first challenge was a swamp full of crocodiles. Lucky for us we have vines to help us swing across.
After climbing trees in the forest, wading across a shallow river, and tip toeing through a dark cave we found a….
We quickly ran back through all of the spots we had ventured until we reached our home. Phew…safe at last!
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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I’m putting this book on our library checkout list. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂
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What a GREAT idea! My kids love the Greg & Steve version on their Kids In Action CD. It really is a cute version. I’ll bet they’d LOVE to do this!! Thanks for sharing.
I remember this story when I was a kid! How fun to bring it back up with another generation! I can’t wait to do this with my daughter!!
Yeah! I’m sure she will love it.
brings back memories from when i was a kid 🙂 now i read it to my little ones before they sleep, they love it!!!
GREAT idea! I remember this story when I was a kid!