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Bear Hunt Reading Unit Study

Guest Author - Alissa Moy

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic book that can be the basis for a fun and educational reading unit study! Here are ideas not only for reading this timeless classic aloud, but also for extending the reading into a unit study.

Reading the story- Read the story aloud once for the students to listen and view the pictures. Be sure to preview the story with the children as well, and ask them to predict what they think the story might be about. Next, teach the children the following fun motions to go alongside the story. Practice the movements and read the story one to two more times while the students act out this bear hunt. Here are the actions:

Grass in the meadow - rub hands together to create a swishing sound


Crossing the river - do a swimming stroke with your arms


Going through mud - slowly pull feet up as if stuck in mud


Going through the forest - climb a tree


While in the snowstorm - pretend to shiver and be cold


While in the cave - Use hands to pretend to feel carefully in front of you, in the dark cave


When you find the bear - pretend you are terrified, especially after feeling the fur on the bear's face

Science- Visit Bears of the World online and teach the children about some of the world's unique bears. Assign each child the job of going home to classify their teddy bears into types of bears, and writing down the amount of bears they have for each classification. Discuss how bears hibernate and why humans do not. Make a chart on a whiteboard to show the similarities and differences between humans and bears.

Math- Use gummy bears to teach color classification and patterns to the children. They can also use the gummy bears to add and subtract simple equation. And of course they also make great snacks!

Arts and Crafts- Challenge the children to create a terrific textured picture of a bear. The instructions for this neat craft can be found at the link at the end of this article.

Cooking- Make a cool snack with your preschoolers by cooking up a tasty "Polar Bear Snack". You can also find the link to this recipe at the end of this article.

Here is the book anchoring this reading unit-


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