Brown Bear, Brown Bear

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading Brown Bear

We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book.  We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder.
  • placed pictures of different animals in a bag. One at a time,children picked out an animal and acted it out for others to guess.
  • collected pictures of animals, pastedand drew how to care these animals.
  • drew pictures of animals according to their habitat on the ground, off the ground (birds, sloths, etc.) under the ground, and in the water.
  • made an animal posters. talked about where animals lived.
  • graphed our favorite Zoo animal
  • drew some zoo animals in their natural habitat.  Which ones live in the jungle? The desert?  In swamps?  etc.
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • used the necklace to recall the events of the story.
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • estimated how many cookies there are in a jar
  • drew  at the zoo and wrote about the animals they wanted to visit first. 
  • made puppets with craft sticks to sequence events
  • finished the sentence a bear is_____, has got_____, can_____ 
  • discussed what animals live in the zoo?  described them in sentences; then illustrate them.
  • talked about World Animal Day which takes place every year on 4 October. Animal welfare groups and individuals throughout the world hold special events to heighten public awareness of animal issues and to encourage people to think about how we as humans relate to animals.
  • pretend to be animals while reciting the poem
At the zoo we saw a bear
He had long, dark fuzzy hair
We saw a lion in a cage. He was in an awful rage.
We saw the big, long-necked giraffe,
And the silly monkeys made us laugh
But my favorite animal at the zoo
Is the elephant--how about you?

  • learned a new song
We're going to the Zoo
Tune:The Farmer in the Dell
We're going to the zoo.
We'll see a kangeroo
And a cockatoo.
So how 'bout you? We're going to the zoo.

Lions roar and play,
With tigers so they say.
Elephants spray
And zebras neigh
At the zoo all day.

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