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At the beginning of the lessons I usually show the clip from the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD for the featured letter and we practice singing the letter sound. Then I introduce the topic for the day. This lesson was all about bears!
Books We Read Throughout the Lesson:
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
With a flowing text and beautiful illustrations, this one is very popular with kids. There are many other books about Bear and his friends as well!
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
This classic tale was great to read before some of our ‘bear hunt’ activities.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
Another classic! The kids wanted to read this one several times using the activity I listed below.
Scare a Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin
This fun rhyming story asks kids lots of questions about how they could scare a bear and what they would do when they saw one.
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
This one has some similarities to Bear Snores On, but with a little different spin at the end. The illustrations are so expressive!
Activities We Did:
-Each child colored their own set of printable characters from Bear Snores On and then we retold the story as they added their characters into the sleeping bear’s cave.
-After reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt we did a session of cosmic yoga inspired by the book.
-The kids took turns hiding a stuffed bear somewhere in the room and then the other kids went on a ‘bear hunt’ to find it
-Brown Bear, Brown Bear head and tails matching cards. I gave each of them a couple animal sets and read through the book. When I said one of their animals they called out that they had that one and then put the puzzle pieces together. They really liked this simple activity and asked to do it again several times.
-Sang “Teddy Bear Teddy Bear” while doing the motions– this was another thing they wanted to do several times!
-As a review activity at the end, I drew As and Bs on the ground and played something similar to musical chairs. I played music for them to dance around to and then when the music stopped they had to run to whatever letter I called out. We then practiced saying the sound of the letter.
Snack We Ate: Teddy grams
We always end our lesson with reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and adding the letter to our coconut tree.
I normally do two different lessons in the week (each on the same letter and a different topic), but for time’s sake will only be typing up details here on one of the topics. Below is a picture of some the books and activities I did for my B is for Ball lesson. If you would like any additional information or ideas about it, don’t hesitate to ask: