# What Do You See

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Content: A Guide for Using Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in the Prekindergarten Classroom 2004 - 2005 Ideas compiled by BRIGHT FROM THE START: Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning
· Talk about the graph ­ which kind do you have the least of? Most of? Etc.? · Estimate and measure the circumference of a tiny teddy bear's tummy and a great big teddy bear's tummy · Measure the bears' lengths using interlocking cubes and/or rulers · Classify the bears: tallest, shortest, heaviest, lightest, fluffiest, firmest, cutest, etc. Gummy Bear Math: Estimate, count, sort, pattern and graph by color with gummy bears. Teddy Cookie Graph: Estimate, count, pattern and graph teddy grahams according to favorite flavor! Mix several flavors together (Cinnamon, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Honey) and place in small cups or containers and distribute to each child. Let children sort and count the teddy shaped cookies. Let the children taste each flavor and then decide which flavor is their favorite. SCIENCE ACTIVITIES Texture Book: Make a book for your children to touch and feel. On each page include something different. Some ideas: aluminum, denim, sandpaper, springs, feathers, carpet, sticks, etc. You can use poster board cut to the size you desire and then hot glue the items to each page. (Five Senses) Feely Bag: In sturdy freezer bags, balloons or latex gloves put syrup with a bit of food coloring and let children observe it. Be sure to superglue or tape the top of the bag in order to insure that it does not come open. You can also add other items to make more feely bags. Try playdough, rice, beans, marbles, peas, sugar, water, sand, or flour. (Five Senses) Taste Test: Bring in items that taste salty, sweet, sour, and bitter for children to taste. Let the children discuss each item. Graph the items according to how they test. (Five Senses) Sensory Play: Add some of these items to a sensory tub to reinforce the idea that different items smell and feel different: flour, powdered gelatin, baby oil, confetti, shredded paper, plastic grass, styrofoam pieces. (Five Senses) 5
Sensory Trays: Use an ice cube tray to create a sensory experience for children in your science area. In each area of the tray place an item for children to feel and observe. You could put a cork, silk, fur, slime, sandpaper, sponge, etc. (Five Senses) Smelling Scents: Put different scents on cotton balls and place in empty film canisters. Have children guess what the scents are. (Five Senses) Sensory Book: Recreate the book brown bear to add to your science area and to also reinforce the sense of touch. Draw or trace pictures of the animals in the book. Use sensory type materials to simulate the various textures of the animals. Faux fur (bear, cat, dog), wool (sheep), sequins (fish scales), sandpaper (cat tongue), rubber glove (frog skin), feathers (bird), paintbrush (horse hair). (Five Senses) Beary Trail Mix Place items in bowls and let the children create their "beary" own trail mix. You can make a rebus recipe for the children to follow. You will need sunflower seeds, raisins, dried fruits, peanuts and granola. Let the children place their mix in individual ziploc bags or bowls. (Bears) language and literacy ACTIVITIES Class Book Use this idea to help children familiarize themselves with their new classmates. Take a picture of each child. Compile the pictures in a class book and label each page accordingly. Jessica, Jessica, who do you see? I see Joseph looking at me. Joseph, Joseph, who do you see? I see Veronica looking at me. You can also use this to introduce children during large group time the first few weeks of school. Book Re-Make Ideas After the children have become familiar with the story have them make their own version of the story into a class book. Ask the children to come up with their own color and animal to include in the book. Have them illustrate their page and then write the sentences for them and create a new class book. Green snake, green snake, what do you see? I see a yellow lion looking at me. Yellow lion, yellow lion, what do you see? I see a pink dragon looking at me. 6
Field Trips Take a field trip to the zoo, a pet store, or a farm that might have some of the animals in the book. Take along your camera and take pictures of the animals you see on your trip. Recreate your own version of the story about the animals you saw on your field trip when you return.
OTHER IDEAS Plan/Recall Strategy: Create a chant using the children's names: Julia, Julia, Where Did You Work? You can change the wording and use for planning. See-through pocket reading chart: Take a manila folder and cut a large section out of the middle of the front and the back. This will need to big enough for your story characters to be seen through. Laminate the folder. Leave the cutout sections with the laminate over them so that you now have a clear see through place in each side of the folder. Make a set of story character cards for the story or use the templates found in the resource section of this guide. On the back of each card, record the text to go along with that picture. Your non-readers can see the pictures and be exposed to the text. Your beginning readers can begin to see the text that goes with the story and point out familiar words. Slip each story character card into the pocket-reading chart and retell the story! You can do this with any story retelling.
Drama Time:
LARGE group activities
Let children re-tell the story using props. You can create masks or puppets for children to use or may already have them. You can let children help to create the story props, puppets or masks. The song is also available on Greg and Steve's Playing Favorites.
What Is A Bear?
What is a bear ­ discuss bears, kinds, parts of bears, characteristics of bears, etc. Ask children what they know about bears and record on chart paper. Ask them what they would like to know about bears and record on chart paper. Begin to research bears with your class. Look on-line for pictures and facts about bears, find magazines with pictures of different kinds of bears, and find pictures and books about bears. You can place these items in a special place in your room or in your science area. 8
Teddy Bear Kindness During large group time, assist the children in describing teddy bears. Record their words on chart paper cut into the shape of a teddy bear (warm, fuzzy, gentle, quiet, kind, etc). Discuss ways your children can be like teddy bears. Post the chart in your room. Use this as a positive approach when you need to help your children get back on track. Place several teddy bears near the chart as a visual reminder as well. It may be necessary to take a child to the chart and let him/her hold the teddy while you help him/her remember the "kind" characteristics of a teddy bear and a good friend. Make sure to reward the children with great big bear hugs throughout the day! Where Do You Live? Have the students assist you in making a list of the many things that Brown Bear saw in the story. Ask the students where Brown Bear might have been to see all of those other animals? A zoo? A unique pet store? A farm? Have the students identify where they live and the people, places and things they see in their environment. List several of these things on chart paper. Have the children create their own book or list of things they would see. Movement: Have the children to pretend to move around the room like the animals in the story. Fly like a bird, crawl on all fours like a dog, pound feet, stomp and growl like a bear, swim like a fish, gallop like a horse, quack and waddle like a duck. Color Hunt: Find something in the room to represent each color in the book. Hold up an item and then ask the children to identify the color. Have them go and find something in the room that is the same color and bring it back to the circle. Repeat this, having them replace the item they previously brought to the circle to its proper place before finding something that is the new color. Bubble Walk: Have the children take off their shoes and walk across some bubble wrap. They will love the feel. You can also add sand to a sensory tub or go outside and let them experience walking through sand. There are many other items you can place in a tub or pool and let children walk through ­ water, styrofoam peanuts, playdough, slime, etc. Sound Walk: Take a walk outside or just in different parts of the school and have children identify sounds they hear. You may have to help them out at first by pointing out things you hear. You can bring along a tape recorder to record sounds they hear and also encourage children to bring along a note pad to record sounds they hear. 9
SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES Animal Art: Let children create collage versions of the animals in the story. You can provide templates or stencils of the animals or you can let those children who are ready design their own. Provide collage materials to help create animals ­ faux fur scraps, feathers, textured paper, colored paper, aluminum foil, sequins, beads, scrap material, etc. Feely Paint: Let your children paint using a mixture of shaving cream, paint and sand. (Five Senses) Scratch and Sniff Watercolors: Mix powdered drink mix with water (about 2 tbs.). Let children paint with the mixture. When it is dry, simply scratch a small area and sniff! Remember: Kool-Aid can stain clothes, hands and furniture! (Five Senses) OTHER EXTENSION IDEAS Bill Martin Jr. author study Eric Carle author study Colors Bears ­ Kinds and Hibernation Teddy Bears Five Senses Children (Multicultural) which could then lead to friends and families discussions *Included in this set of ideas are only a few ideas for each of these concept areas. All of them could be expanded upon using this piece of literature as a springboard. 10
RESOURCES Childwood Magnet story kit Brown Bear story telling kit Greg and Steve, Playing Favorites Big Book version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Spanish version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear finger puppet set Board Book of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Favorite Authors Read Along Books and CD Set Story Stretchers For Infants, Toddlers and Twos Templates: www.dltk-kids.com/books/brownbear/ best practices: On The Right Track With Literacy, pp. 149-167 http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/dcorley/authors/authors.htm www.billmartinjr.com 11
SONGS, FINGERPLAYS AND RHYMES
Bear Songs (Tune: "Bingo") There was a little furry bear And Teddy was his name-O T-E-D-D-Y T-E-D-D-Y T-E-D-D-Y And Teddy was his name-O
Bear Hugs If you like I can give you A big bear hug. It will make you feel snug As a bug in a rug. As soon as A bear hug Comes your way Find yourself A good friend, And give it away!
Bear Finger Play Here is a cave. (Bend fingers on one hand) Inside is a bear. (Put thumb inside fingers) Now he comes out To get some fresh air. (Pop out thumb) He stays out all summer In sunshine and heat. He hunts in the forest For berries to eat. (Move thumb in a circle) snow covers the cave Like a fluffy white rug. Inside the bear sleeps All cozy and snug. (Place one hand over the other) Author unknown
Ten Black Bears (Tune "Ten Little Indians") One little, two little, three little black bears, Four little, five little, six little black bears, Seven little, eight little, nine little black bears, Ten little black, black bears. (You can change black bears to grizzly, polar, panda, teddy, etc.) 12
Teddy Bear Turn Around Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around, Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground, Teddy bear, teddy bear reach up high, Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky, Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your shoe, Teddy bear, teddy bear, I love you! Polar Bear (tune: "Thumbkin") I'm a little polar bear Soft and white. I catch a tasty fish And take a big bite. When the day is over I know What is right? I lay down my sleepy head And say goodnight. .
Five Little Polar Bears Five little polar bears, Playing on the shore; One fell in the water And then there were four. Four little polar bears, Swimming out to sea; One got lost, And then there were three. Three little polar bears said, "What shall we do?" One climbed an iceberg, Then there were two Two little polar bears Playing in the sun; One went for food, Then there was one. One little polar bear, Didn't want to stay; He said, "I'm lonesome," And swam far away. Five Little Fuzzy Bears (tune: "Five Little Speckled Frogs") Five little fuzzy bears Sat on some kitchen chairs Eating some delicious pie. Yum! Yum! One bear got sticky hair, So he got off his chair, Now there are but four fuzzy bears. Let the children help you create and add verses to add and subtract bears: Look! Here comes on more bear. Home from a county fair. Now there will be ______ fuzzy bears. You can let children role play the verses to help better visualize the "mathematical" problems presented.
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Big Bear, Little Bear Big Bear Little Bear Way up there, Do you Have some Stars to spare? Use your Dipper to Scoop them up. Then sprinkle Them into My cup. Mrs. Bear Mrs. Bear Is on her way To gather lots Of berries. They tell her Where to find them, Those helpful Forest fairies.
Did You Ever See A Brown Bear? (tune: "Did You Ever See A Lassie?") Did you ever see a brown bear, A brown bear, a brown bear: Did you ever see a brown bear Catching a fish? (climbing a tree?, eating a honey comb?, etc. ­ let children help create verses) Did you ever see a polar bear, A polar bear, a polar bear? Did you ever see a polar bear Going for a swim? (chasing a seal?, digging in the snow?, etc) Did you ever see my teddy bear, My teddy bear, my teddy bear? Did you ever see my teddy bear Taking a nap? (laying down flat? being a friend?) Bears On the end of his arms Are great big paws, That end in shiny Very sharp claws. Just under his nose Are great big jaws. So I leave him alone. You ask why? Just because.
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Please Be Careful Please be careful, Please take care, Never surprise A sleeping bear. Bear's Eyes Bear's eyes, Bear's eyes, Peeking out at me. Bear's eyes, Bear's eyes, Right behind that tree. Bear's eyes, Bear's eyes, What does he see? Do you suppose he wants to come and play with me?
Honey Honey in my cookies Honey in my tea Honey in the honey pot From the honeybee. Honey-flavored ice cream Two and three scoops tall Bears like honey from the comb Best of all. The Polar Bear The polar bear Is white, So he can hide In the snow. The brown bear Is brown, So he can hide Behind the trees. Tell me please, What does a Grizzly bear Hide behind? 15
Bear is Sleeping (tune: Frere Jacques) Bear is sleeping. Bear is sleeping. Let it snow! Let it snow! Sleeping all the winter, sleeping all the winter. Snug and warm, snug and warm. (you can sing this song again and again and replace the word sleeping with other terms that mean the same thing: resting, napping, snoring, etc)
Big Old Bear Big Old Bear is nice and fat. Ready for a winter's nap. Big Old Bear is fast asleep. Safe inside her cave so deep. Big Old Bear is toasty warm. Snow that falls can do no harm. Big Old Bear is in her den. When it's spring, she'll roam again. By Lucia Kemp Henry
Little Bear and The Bee Little bear, little bear, up in the tree. (point up) Little bear, little bear, looking down at me. (hold hands up to eyes as you are looking down) Little bear, little bear, can't you see? (point to eyes) Little bear, little bear, here comes a bee! (buzz like a bee) .
Five Little Bears Five little bears were sitting on the ground. (Five children sit in a row.) Five little bears made a deep growling sound: Grr! (Children growl.) The first one said, "Let's have a look around." (One child at a time rises.) The second one said, "I feel rather funny!" The third one said, "I think I smell honey." The fourth one said, "Shall we climb up the tree?" The fifth one said, "Look out! There's a bee!" So the five little bears went back to their play, (Children return to seats.) And decided to wait till the bees flew away.
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Teddy Bear Hugs
Teddy bear hugs Are eyes that see, Ears that listen To you and me.
Hug bear. Point to bear's eyes. Point to bear's ears. Point to another and self.
Teddy bear hugs Are hands that share, Arms for helping To show you care.
Hug bear. Point to bear's paws. Hold out bear's arms. Smile at bear.
Teddy bear hugs Are from the heart. So be like a teddy-
Hug bear. Point to bear's chest. Put nose on bear's nose.
A friend from the start. Share bear with a friend.
You can pass a bear to a friend in this activity and repeat the song until the bear is returned to the original owner.
Two Little Bear Cubs Two little bear cubs went out to play Over the hill and far away. They rolled and tumbled in the grass so sweet, They sniffed all around for some honey to eat. Then two little bear cubs heard their mama call. So they ran back home And that is all. (Add movements and perform the appropriate actions.)
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Going On A Bear Hunt Let's go on a bear hunt! (Slap hands on your knees to make a walking noise and keep the beat.) Oh look! I see a wheat field. Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Have to go through it. All right! Let's go. (Make hands push aside the wheat and return to walking beat.) Oh look! I see a river. Can't go around it. Can't go over it. Have to go through it. All right! Let's go. (Pretend to swim and then return to walking beat.) Oh look! I see a bridge. Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Have to walk across it. All right! Let's go. (Pound chest and then return to walking beat.) Oh Look! I see some mud. Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Have to go through it. All right! Let's go. (Make sucking noise with cupped hands and return to walking beat.) Oh look! I see a cave. It's a big cave. Let's go inside. All right! Let's go. (Close eyes and put hands out in front.) It's dark in here! I feel something! It's furry! Oh, oh! It's a bear! RUN! (Slap knees fast and loud, not saying anything, but going through the reverse motions.) I'm tired of running. I'm going to climb a tree to see if we are safe. (Pretend to climb and look.) I see him coming! Better climb down and run again! (Pretend to climb down and slap knees again, run through the wheat field, into the cabin and shut the door. WHEW! We're home safe! 18
Five Big Grizzly Bears 5 big grizzly bears Under a tree Looked all around to see What they could see. 1 went off to the nearest store, Now there were only 4... (repeat first verse ­ use 4 big grizzly bears) 1 ran off after a buzzing bee. Now there are only 3... (repeat first verse ­ use 3 big grizzly bears) 1 went to visit his friends at the zoo. Now there were only 2... (repeat first verse ­ use 2 big grizzly bears) 1 went away to rest in the sun. Now there was only 1... (repeat first verse ­ use 1 big grizzly bear) 1 had a job that must be done. And now...there are none No big grizzly bears Under a tree. No bears looking to see What they could see.
Hibernation song (tune: "Are You Sleeping?") Are you eating, Are you eating? Little bear? Little bear? Eating nuts and berries, For the long, hard winter, Little bear. Little bear. Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Little bear? Little bear? Sleeping through the winter, You are hibernating, Little bear. Little bear. Are you waking? Are you waking? Little bear? Little bear? Now that it is springtime, Sleeping time is over, Little bear. Little bear. You can add movements to the song as you go along.
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Three Bears with a Beat (Snap or clap or pat, or keep the beat any way you want, on the underlined words.) Once upon a time in the middle of the woods there were three bears. One was a Papa Bear, one was a Mama Bear, one was a Wee Bear. (X) (X) Along came the girl with the golden curls. She knocked on the door but no one was there, So she walked right in cause she didn't care. Home, home, home, came the Papa Bear, Home, home, home, came the Mama Bear, Home, home, home, came the Wee Bear. (X) (X) (Change voice with each bear) "Someone's been eating my porridge!" (x) said the Papa Bear. "Grrrrrr" (hold hand up like sharp claws) "Someone's been eating my porridge!" (X) said the Mama Bear. "Ahhhhh" (throw both hands up in surprise) "Hey-baba-ree-bear," said the little Wee Bear, "Someone has eaten my soup!" "Hmmmmmph!" (cross arms on chest and pout) "Someone's been sitting in my chair!" said the Papa Bear. "Grrrrrrr" "Someone's been sitting in my chair!" said the Mama Bear "Ahhhhh" "Hey-baba-ree-bear," said the little Wee Bear, "Someone has broken my seat! Hmmmmmph!" "Someone's been sleeping in my bed!" said the Papa Bear. "Grrrrrr" "Someone's been sleeping in my bed!" said the Mama Bear. "Ahhhh" "Hey-baba-ree-bear, " said the little Wee Bear, "Someone is still in my bed! Hmmmmmph!" (Change to a whisper) Just then Goldilocks woke up. (Scream, arms raised) "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" She jumped out of bed and she beat it out of there! (point with thumb) (Change voices for each bear) "Bye, bye, bye," said the Papa Bear. (wave) "Bye, bye, bye," said the Mama Bear. (wave) "Hey-baba-ree-bear," said the little Wee Bear, "This is the end of our tale. Hmmmmmmmmph!" 19
RELATED BOOKS
TITLE All The Colors of the Earth Barn Dance Bear in a Square Bear Snores On Bear Wants More Bear Went Over the Mountain, The Big Hungry Bear, The Blue: Seeing Blue All Around Us Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Children Around The World Colors of Us, The Copy Me, Copycub Corduroy Don't You Feel Well Sam? Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother Too? Dream Snow From Head to Toe Ghost Eye Tree, The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks and the Three Bears Green: Seeing Green All Around Us Grouchy Ladybug, The Here Are My Hands I Went Walking Jamberry Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Kiss Good Night Knots on a Counting Rope Little Cloud Mama's Little Bears Mouse Paint My Colors, Mis Colores My Five Senses My Many Colored Days My World of Color Old Devil Wind Orange: Seeing Orange All Around Us Pocket For Corduroy, A Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Pi-shu, The Little Panda
AUTHOR Hamanaka, Shelia Martin, Bill Jr. Blackstone, Stella Wilson, Karma Wilson, Karma Wells, Rosemary Wood, Don and Audrey Schuette, Sarah L. Martin, Bill Jr. Archambault, John Montanari, Donata Katz, Karen Edwards, Richard Freeman, Don Hest, Amy Carle, Eric Carle, Eric Carle, Eric Martin, Bill Jr. Gorbachev, Valeri Marshall, James Schuette, Sarah L. Carle, Eric Martin, Bill Jr. Archambault, John Williams, Sue Degan, Bruce Carlstrom, Nancy White Hest, Amy Bill Martin, Jr. Archambault, John Carle, Eric Tafuri, Nancy Walsh, Ellen Stoll Emberley, Rebecca Aliki Seuss, Dr. Brown, Margaret Wise Martin, Bill Jr. Schuette, Sarah L. Freeman, Don Martin, Jr., Bill Butler, John
CONCEPT Multicultural Children Bill Martin Jr. Study Bears Bears, Hibernation Bears Bears Bears Color Bill Martin Jr. Study Multicultural Children Multicultural Children Bears, Hibernation Bears Bears Eric Carle Study Eric Carle Study Eric Carle study Bill Martin Jr. Study Bears Bears Color Eric Carle Study Bill Martin Jr. Study Animals, Repetition Bears Bears Bears Bill Martin Jr. Study Eric Carle Study Bears Colors Colors Five Senses Colors Multicultural Children Bill Martin Jr. Study Color Bears Panda Bears Panda Bears 20
Planting A Rainbow Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Purple: Seeing Purple All Around Us Rainbow All Around Me, A Red Is A Dragon Red: Seeing Red All Around Us Shades of Black Three Bears, The Three Bears, The Three Bears, The Time To Sleep Today Is Monday Very Busy Spider, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, The We're Going on a Bear Hunt What Color Is Nature? When It Starts To Snow Where's My Teddy? Whoever You Are Yellow: Seeing Yellow All Around Us
Ehlert, Lois Martin, Jr., Bill Schuette, Sarah L. Pinkney, Sandra Thong, Roseanne Schuette, Sarah L. Pinkney, Sandra Barton, Byron Kliros, Thea Galdone, Paul Fleming, Denise Carle, Eric Carle, Eric Carle, Eric Carle, Eric Carle, Eric Rosen, Michael Swinburne, Stephen R. Gershaker, Phillis Alborough, Jez Fox, Mem Schuette, Sarah L.
Colors Polar Bears Color Colors Colors Color Multicultural Children Bears Bears Bears Bears - Hibernation Eric Carle Study Eric Carle Study Eric Carle Study Eric Carle Study Eric Carle Study Bears Colors Bears - Hibernation Bears Multicultural, Children Color
*You can see a more extensive book list on our website, www.osr.state.ga.us. Our office has compiled an extensive list you can use for reference when developing any concept in your classroom.
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"Brown Bear, Brown Bear..." Chant
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? I see a red bird looking at me.
Group:
I see a red bird looking at me.
BROWN BEAR!
Group:
BROWN BEAR!
RED BIRD!
Group:
RED BIRD!
Together:
AAAAAAAAHHHH! THAT'S WHAT I SEE!
Leader begins chant again, replacing "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" with "Red Bird, Red Bird" and "red bird" with "yellow duck". Each time the leader adds the name of the new animal to the end of the chant, for the "animal roll call," right before "AAAAAAAAHHHH! THAT'S WHAT I SEE!"
(over)
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Group:
Red Bird, Red Bird, What do you see? Red Bird, Red Bird, What do you see? I see a yellow duck looking at me. I see a yellow duck looking at me. BROWN BEAR! BROWN BEAR! RED BIRD! RED BIRD! YELLOW DUCK! YELLOW DUCK! AAAAAAAAHHHH! THAT'S WHAT I SEE!
This continues until you have finished chanting through all the characters of the story: "Blue Horse," "Green Frog," "Purple Cat," "White Dog," "Black Sheep," "Goldfish," "Teacher," and "Children." 23
Some Fun Extensions for the "Brown Bear..." chant:
Extension 1: Add motions to the chant! Remember, when children do movement, they need lots of room to spread out!
First, assign each character in the story a motion:
For example:
For this animal: Brown Bear: Red Bird: Yellow Duck: Blue Horse: Green Frog: Purple Cat: White Dog: Black Sheep: Goldfish: Teacher: Children:
You could use this motion: Make small "bear ears" on top of your head. Spread arms out to side like flying bird. Bend arms and flap at sides like duck. Make a long "horse tail" with a flapping arm. Make large googly frog eyes and blink. Make a cat claw and scratch the air. Shake your "tail" like a happy dog. Trot back and forth on each foot like a sheep. Pucker lips like a fish's small mouth. Make glasses on face with your hands in circles (like the character illustration) Children point at themselves.
You can let the children make up their own motions to each character as well.
Second, teach the motions for the words that are the same in every chant. We keep these simple since all the character motions will be different.
For these words: What do you see? Looking at me.
You could use this motion: Put hand over eyes as if shading them from sun and looking a long distance.
AAAAAAAAHHHH!
Start with both hands low and raise them all the way up (like a stadium "wave" motion, but all together).
THAT'S WHAT I SEE! Put hand over eyes again, but this time, swivel hips and move lower and lower. Have fun moving to this energetic chant!
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Extension 2: Use character pictures during chant! Instead of performing motions to the chant, have children hold up picture cards of the appropriate animal character when the name is chanted. Make sure to have enough cards for all students...duplicates are fine and it keeps everyone interested! Extend it even MORE: Let children create a picture card of their favorite animal character! This could be a good time to discuss book illustration and even solve the class question, "How did Eric Carle make those pictures?" Discuss simple art techniques and supplies we have in Pre-K: crayon, colored pencil, paint. Use the child-made cards for the chant, first using their own, then swapping many times with friends. Extension 3: "What DO you see?" Make picture cards of simple objects. Begin the chant with either a particular child's name or "Children, Children." As you hold up the picture card, the child/children must name the color and object. Once again children can make their own picture cards. This is a great vocabulary enforcing activity! Extension 4 : Use chant to teach children's names at beginning of year. Instead of chanting the characters from the book, you use each child's first name. If chanted slowly, students can clap the syllables for each name instead of performing a motion (a great phonemic awareness activity). If you prefer motions, let each child come up with their own personal motion. You may not want to include all children in the chant each time (unless you have a particularly long period of time available and the children are really into it). 25
Optional Changes to Learning Areas
Current topic, interest or theme: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
House/Dramatic Play
Blocks
· Brown Bear Story Masks and props · Teacher props
· Plastic animals from the book (bear, dog, cat, etc.) · Homemade story characters from the book
Toys/Puzzles/Math · Bear Counters · Animal erasers to sort, count and pattern · Color Games · Color Sorters Books/Language · Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? · Eric Carle/Bill Martin Jr. books · Other books about different types of bears (polar, teddy, panda) · Bear puppets · Color concept books · Five senses concept books · Multicultural Books Science · Ways to see: binoculars, telescope, glasses, magnifying glasses, etc. · Books about the animals in the book (red birds, ducks, etc.) · Color tubes and paddles · Books about all kinds of bears Cooking Experience · Sugar cookie dough ­ animal cookie cutters · Bear Paws · Bear food, Beary Trail Mix Music · Brown Bear Chant · Greg and Steve Playing Favorites · Act like animals in the story Other · Multicultural puppets
Art · Bear and other animal shaped cookie cutters from the story for playdough · People color crayons, markers or paint · Large animal stencils for painting at the easel · Face pad paper (beautiful children) Listening · Recorded versions of Brown Bear, Brown Bear and a copy of the Brown Bear, Brown Bear book · Other recorded stories about bears, colors, five senses or by Eric Carle or Bill Martin, Jr. Computer · Visit sites to learn more about bears, Eric Carle the illustrator or Bill Martin, Jr., the author Flannel Board · Brown Bear Flannel Board Set · Childwood Magnet Story Set for Brown Bear Sensory Table · Five senses activities included in ideas · Recreate Bear Habitats Writing · Brown Bear animal words and color words on sentence strips · Bear poems on chart paper · Bear fingerplays on chart paper · Brown Bear pocket chart Cards and pocket chart Outside · Brown Bear finger puppet set
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