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Hi and Welcome!  Here you will find several bear poems, activities and great  Bear Resource Links! 
Have a
Beary fun time browsing!
Denise
     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.)

When snow sarts to fall.
He hurries inside
His warm little cave
And there he will hide.
(Put thumb inside fingers.)

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
The Teddy Bears' Picnic
Our thematic unit for the first week in September is Bears.
I send a note home the previous Friday explaining our plans for a week long Bear unit, a fun hall display homework activity and asking for treat donations for our culminating activity~~OUR TEDDY BEAR PICNIC. 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NOTE TO PARENTS.

  Each student brings a bear from home to visit for the week.   Only bears with good manners get to stay for the week.  Those with disruptive behavior need to be sent home.  Usually the kids (I mean the bears...) handle their visit well and all bears are able to visit the whole week.  On Friday we
make our own Bear Ears to wear and  read The Teddy Bears' Picnic.  We sing the song, and then take our bears out to the playground to have our Teddy Bears' Picnic. It is always a favoite activity that the kids remember at the end of the year!
Here is a sample of our Teddy Bear Homework for
our Hall Display.
~~~Teddy Bear Ears~~~
Staple two strips of brown paper together to make a head band.  Give the children two medium size circles for the ears
Cut about 1/4 of the bottom of the circles off  straight across.
Glue the shapes with the straight end on the headband.
Glue a light brown shape (same as above) in the inset of each ear.
Staple headband to fit child's head.
The kids love wearing these to the picnic!
~~~Teddy Bear Math~~~

We use our Teddy Bears to do the following activities:

Sort  and Pattern our bears by color and size.

Estimate and Measure the circumference of My Great Big
Teddy Bear's Tummy and My Tiny, Little Teddy Bear's Tummy.

Measure our bears length using unifix cubes.

Estimate, count, sort and graph Gummy Bears by Color

We read
Corduroy~~ The bear in search of his lost button!  Give each child a tub of buttons to sort and record by various attributes: 2 holes, 4 holes, shape, color, size, etc.  This also makes a great center activity.

We also make a graph showing how many of our Teddy Bears are
Bare Bears and how many are Dressed Bears.


~~~~Bear Books~~~~

During Bear Week our bears join us for story time.  We read several bear stories including:

Corduroy
A Pocket for Corduroy
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Where's My Teddy?
The Teddy Bear's Picnic

We use these stories to promote journal topics in our Bear Journal or to make
Class Big Books.

The September Library lists all of these Bear Books and more. 
Click on the book
The Teddy Bears' Picnic to preview Bear Books.






Click the book to order
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Click HERE to visit a wonderful Brown Bear, Brown Bear Web Page.  Here you will find lesson plans, pocket chart cards and picture cards that you can download, print and use as a resource with Bill Martin's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?.
Teddy Bear Popcorn Treat
From ReynoldsKitchens.com

Click on the picture for directions
~*~This great idea was shared by Angela Votaw~*~

~*~This great idea was shared by Angela Votaw~*~

TEDDY BEAR TOAST FOR A TEDDY BEAR BREAKFAST!

We made toast in the shape of teddy
bears, using a cookie cutter and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on the toast. We
also learned this poem:


Cinnamon, cinnamon,
Cinnamon bear,
Sitting on a kitchen chair.

Cinnamon sugar in a shaker.
Shake it, shake it,
like a baker.

Sprinkle it on some butter toast.
It's the treat
You'll love the most.

Cinnamon, cinnamon,
Cinnamon bear,
Don't you think that we may share?

Cinnamon, cinnamon,
Cinnamon bear,
Don't you think that we may share?

(My students love this activity and poem. We usually do this at our teddy
bear breakfast.)

Thank You Beary Much for Visiting!
E-mail me with questions
or
comments! 
Denise
You have been listening to the song The Teddy Bears Picnic
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