This is such a great read aloud story! I have included many differentiated, rigorous activities that will help you to implement the ELA shifts and the Common Core standards. You can choose one or two activities or do several weeks of this story and all the related activities!
-14 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, cause, effect, summarize, inference,
prediction, visualize, making connections, questions, vocabulary, important ideas and author’s purpose )
-7 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, cause and
effect, story brochure, Title/details)
-Activity pages: Retelling (2 differentiated), Main character bubble map, most important part, Author’s
-Response to reading worksheets that include a cover page, so that you can choose the pages/topics you would like to use print, staple and go! Use them in centers, listening centers, full group close reading, literature circles, guided reading! Tons of different options! You can easily use the book for a week or just a
day or two! You can choose!
--story mapping: Setting/characters/problem/solution
-retelling beginning, middle end (2 differentiated sheets)
-sorting characters and setting
-Cause and effect (2 differentiated sheets)
-problem and solution (2 differentiated sheets)
-Most important part (3 differentiated sheets)
-Making and confirming predictions
-Roll with it comprehension sheet
-Book Review (3 differentiated sheets)
-Making connections to the text
-Bubble maps for each character in the story
-sequencing the story
-This story makes me think of…
-Choose a character and compare that character to yourself
-Visualize the setting (3 differentiated sheets)
-Visualize the main character (3 differentiated sheets)
-Visualize your favorite character (3 differentiated sheets)
-Write a letter to the author
-Write a letter to the illustrator
-Character Close-ups! For each character
-The funniest part…
-The most unbelievable part...
-Making connections to the text (3 differentiated sheets)
-Cause and effect chart
-Have you ever seen a bear?
-Did you like the story?
-Would you be friends with bear?
-Do you like bears?
Included for each survey: student response slip for graphing, Question and
other headers for pocket chart and a data recording and examination answer sheet. A writing page to defend their opinion given in the survey as well.
Series of Tri-folds:
-story and 3 details
-problem and solution
-beginning, middle end
-Character changes from beginning to end
-Favorite part; part I would change
-Main idea and 2 details
-Add to the story
-retelling interactive booklet in color and B&W (with a handy pocket to store the
puppets in when not using!)
Vocabulary cards full page, half page, word wall/pocket chart size
Syllable counting pocket chart activity for vocabulary words
Write the Room activity with student response sheet
-non-fiction read aloud pages: Introduction to bears; Bear behavior; bear appetite;
dens vs. caves; hibernation; true hibernators
-bear circle map (color and B&W)
-bear can have are T-chart (color and B&W)
-bear Venn diagram real vs. fiction (color and B&W)
-bear labeling (color and B&W)
-bear foldable for gathering facts
-Animals that hibernate and their habitat pocket chart activity
This story companion can be used for a compete book study or
sometimes you want to do a story with just and activity or two. This
companion will allow you to do either with engaging, fun activities!