Join us for a bear hunt with these easy and fun lesson plans for a kindergarten literature-based unit!
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A few titles to support your Bear Hunt unit.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
This familiar tale lends itself to a variety of engaging learning activities. See below for gross motor practice, art, media resources and more!
Equal Smequal by by
For more ideas for math literature see this list of
101 Math Literature Read Alouds with YouTube links.
Jamberry by Bruce Degan
A classic story about a boy, a bear and their love of berries! Expand your love of berries with seasonal berry picking, making your own jam, or a field trip to your local farmers market for your own taste-test jamboree!
Little Bear by by
Grizzly Bears by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons has such a wonderful collection of non-fiction books for children. Her beautifully illustrated book, Grizzly Bears, shows grizzlies in their natural habitat, describes their life cycle, habits and features of these amazing animals. Some ideas for this title: build a bear cave fort and hibernate, write a list of interesting facts about bears, or have a bear meal for dinner – salmon!
Download our K-2 printable for more ideas about how to enrich your lesson plans.
Go on a Bear Hunt!
Take the spirit of this book outdoors and make your own bear hunt. Your bear hunt might be at a local park or in your own backyard.
Use the lyrical pattern of the story to describe what you see and hear in your surroundings. Walk to your destination, singing along the way. Then quickly run back, just like in the story. Don’t get caught by the bear!
Hands On: Sensory Bin
Fine motor and sensory exploration, role playing, retelling and reenacting a story.
Create your own small-scale forest with your child! Practice fine motor skills when you rip or cut and crunch up paper for the wavy grass and pull apart cotton to make a snowstorm. Describe different textures as you and your child set the scene in the correct order. Retell what the family goes through first, second, and third, then reenact the story with your own “finger people” or figurines.
A list of materials for an indoor sensory bin: wood chips for the forest floor, shredded green paper for the tall wavy grass, a foam or paper blue shape puddle, large cotton balls for the snowstorm, and trees and woodland animals.
Or create your own outdoor sensory bin with found materials.
Don’t be afraid to get dirty!
Gross Motor and Vocabulary Activity
You’ve been on the bear hunt, now it’s time to be the bear! Have your kids (and Dad, too!) form a line for an Animal Parade.
The book takes you through a bear’s natural habitat. What other animals might the family encounter as they travel through different parts of the forest? Brainstorm animals with your child. Then describe their movements. Move like the animal would across the room. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Long, Wavy Grass: slither like a snake, jump like a grasshopper
Deep, Cold River: swim like a fish, float like an otter
Thick, Oozy Mud: crawl like a salamander, slither like a snail
Big, Dark Forest: prance like a deer, stand perfectly still and watch like an owl
Swirly, Whirly Snowstorm: hop like a rabbit, pounce like a wolf
Narrow, Gloomy Cave: swoop down like a bat, skitter like a mouse, creep like a spider
Bear Hunt Map
Art, Fine Motor Practice, and Introduction to Maps
Create a map of the family’s adventure through the forest. We used very simple materials for this one: construction paper, brown and white tempura paint, popsicle sticks, brown marker, safety scissors and glue.
Use a marker to make a trail of dashes through your forest. Cut out shapes in order and talk about the story with your child as you paste the images on your map one at a time.
One of our very first kindergarten activities and an all-time fridge favorite.
Learn all about grizzly bears with our Grizzly Bear YouTube Playlist.
Runtime approx 20 min. Stream below or click here to view on YouTube.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on YouTube
Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear – Included with Prime
Stream seasons 1 & 2 here.
Be sure to check out the Little Bear series of books. My son and daughter both loved Little Bear’s adventures with his family and forest friends. First read; then watch the show. You’ll have plenty to talk about! Compare and contrast the characters and their adventures; recognize events from the show that you remember from the books; and continue the story by making up Little Bear adventures of your own!
Traveling around the world? Download your printable resources for Around the World Unit Studies.
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