Sunday, September 26, 2010

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

I love Eric Carle and the kids do, too!  We have a Bear unit that we teach-typically about the third week of school.   We start with Brown Bear, Brown Bear for color word recognition and story sequencing. 
Our team has taught this unit for several years but I did get some fresh, new ideas from my friend, Suzan at
Like this one!  We color story cards and usually glue them onto a sentence strip in story order.  Suzan uses a Story Bag so that's what my class tried this year.  You place the story cards in a brown paper bag decorated with a Brown Bear picture.  The children then use their story cards to tell the story. They loved this-we had story cards all over the carpet but they all made sure they had every picture to put back in their bag.  They were serious about it!

We learned the poem, Brown Bear Happy.   Each child gets a copy of this poem to include in their Poetry Journal.  We circle punctuation in orange, rhyming pairs in green and sight words in blue.  I got this idea from who has printable poems all ready to copy.  Jessica has so many wonderful ideas.  I also made Homework Bags for children to check out on a weekly basis based on Jessica's system.  My class loved the homework bags last year and I will begin allowing students to check them out soon for this class.

I bought the Bulletin Board set for Brown Bear, Brown Bear and knew I could use the mini pictures from the package somehow!  I laminated them and velcroed them to a chart.  The kids can practice story sequencing using this chart as a Go-To Activity when they finish their literacy job.  I also printed and laminated word labels for each animal for the kids to practice matching the words to the character. 

I also got this idea from Suzan at  We painted our own Story Map working in teams to paint each color in the order of the story.  We then placed the story characters on the map to match their color.

used this writing activity to help reinforce the story but also to practice name recognition of friends in class.  These writings will go in their Kindergarten Scrapbooks with Bear Art.

Weekly Newsletter #8

September 27-October 1, 2010
From Mrs. Hicks' desk…

Thank you to everyone who has submitted the permission slip and money for Tate Farms this Friday. If you have not sent this in for your child, please let me know so that I can make arrangements for your child to spend the day in a first grade classroom.

This Weeks' Focus
Language Arts
Our Scott Foresman Unit 2 begins this week with the book Life in the Ocean as we begin to study habitats. We will also conclude our unit on apples as we study Johnny Appleseed this week and make our own applesauce!

Sight Words
have is

Amazing Words
ocean fish shell
crab seaweed world

Don't forget to wear brown on Friday!

We will work on ABC patterns, recognizing coins and their amounts, place value and counting by tens. We will also introduce measurement of everyday items.


Important Dates!
October 1st: Tate Farms Field Trip
October 4-8: Fall Break
October 25th: Fifties Day

Star Student
I will begin recognizing a Star Student each week using our number order. We will begin this activity once we return from Fall Break. I will send home a Star Student paper (it is rather large!) on a Friday for you and your child to complete at home. On Friday of the following week, your child may present his paper to the class. You may include photos, drawings, etc. with the paper. Your child may also bring one Show and Tell item from home to show the class. This is meant to provide each child with an opportunity to speak in front of the class and tell something about him/herself that we may not know. It is always fun to hear what they enjoy sharing with us!

All written homework is due on Friday.

1. Practice reading Sight Words.
2. Read Family Times magazine. (This will be sent home on Wednesday).
4. Complete 4 Day Homework Page.
5. Complete Phone Number Page.