How to Teach About Brown Bear in the ESL Classroom



One of the most beloved children's books of all time is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. This simple story is a great way to teach young children about colors, animals, and even basic concepts like counting. 

In this blog post, we will explore some of the best ideas to help your students learn about this important book. From learning about the author and illustrator to exploring the themes and characters, there are so many ways to engage your students with this classic text. We hope you find these ideas helpful and that your students enjoy exploring Brown Bear!


Some general ideas for the book:

Make predictions. Kids can look at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.

Go on a picture walk through the book. Children don´t need to read the text, just look at each picture and tell what they think is happening in each picture.

Place pictures of different animals in a bag. One at a time,children pick out an animal and act it out for others to guess.

Collect pictures of animals, paste and draw how to care these animals.

Draw pictures of animals according to their habitat on the ground, off the ground (birds, sloths, etc.) under the ground, and in the water.

Talk about where animals live.

Graph your students' favorite animal.

Draw some zoo animals in their natural habitat. Which ones live in the jungle? The desert? In swamps? etc.

Use the necklace in the pack (or make your own) to recall the events of the story.

Let your kids draw a visit to the zoo and write about the animals they want to visit.
make puppets with craft sticks to sequence events

Finish the sentence a bear/ flamingo / dog is_____, has got_____, can_____

Discuss which animals live in the zoo. Describe them in sentences; then illustrate them.
talk about World Animal Day which takes place every year on 4 October.


Pretend to be animals while reciting the poem
At the Zoo
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?


Some ideas for bears:

Do a bear hunt outside.

Make bear paw prints with paint.

Cook a bear-themed snack.

Make a chart with the colors of the different bears.

Teach about the brown bear's habitat.

Introduce the brown bear's appearance, including its fur and build.

Discuss the brown bear's diet and eating habits.

Share some facts about brown bears.

Tell a story about a brown bear.

Make a brown bear puppet and use it to teach the class about brown bears

Have a class discussion about brown bears.

Do a brown bear craft or art project.

Go on a field trip to see brown bears.

Make a brown bear craft with your favourite art supplies

Give a brief description of the appearance of a brown bear.

Explain where in the world brown bears can be found.

Describe the brown bear's habitat and diet.

Tell the students some interesting facts about brown bears.

Share a few photos or videos of brown bears.

Ask the students if they have any questions about brown bears.

Teach a song about bears:

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.


In conclusion, there are many different ways that you can teach about Brown Bear. You can use books, songs, games, and even toys to help your child learn about this important topic. The most important thing is that you take the time to teach your child about Brown Bear in a way that is fun and interactive.





Brown Bear book companion is a wonderful way to teach students new vocabulary, reading and writing skills. This unit includes activities that are perfect for ESL and EFL classrooms of all grade levels. Help your students connect with the new vocabulary and concepts using this story.

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