Read the book Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and use the materials in this unit for centers and whole group activities.
Page 1 Cover
Page 2-6 Color Character Cards and Character Name Cards *use these on the pocket chart for matching. Sometimes after the first reading, I pass out the character cards, and let the children put them on the pocket chart when their character enters the story. It really keeps them engaged in the story, and helps with sequencing events later on.
Page 7-18 Letter Tile Center Work Mats
There is a mat for each character in the story. Children have to build the character’s name with letter tiles, count how many letters are in the characters name, and count the syllables.
I laminate these and use dry erase markers with the mats, so they are reusable.
Page 19-28 Rhyming Word Cards
Children can use these at a center or you can use them with the whole group.
When I use them for whole group activities, I put one of each set of rhyming words up on the pocket chart and pass out the rest of the cards. We read each word on the pocket chart together and then I ask the children who thinks they have a word that rhymes with the word on the chart.
Then they can come and put the words next to each other and read them to see if they rhyme.
For Centers, just put them in the center of the table and let the children try to match them up. Or, each child can start with 1 card and keep drawing cards from the pile until they get a match. ***SEE PAGE 30 printable
Page 29 How did the Animals keep Bear awake? Printable
Page 30 **This is a printable to go along with the Rhyme Center.
Put the rhyming cards, this printable and a couple of copies of the text on the table.
Children will need pencils and crayons. Once they have a set of rhyming words, they Write them down, find where in the story that set of rhyming words is located, and illustrate that page.
Page 31 Graphic Organizer for WHO WHAT WHERE and WHEN
Page 32 Language Activity with story recall….
Put the Who-What- Where-When Cards in a bag. Children draw a card, and then tell Who the story was about, What happened in the story, etc.
Page 33-34 Graphic Organizer
Page 35-37 Positional Word Question Cards and Poster. Use the poster on page 37 and have the children “draw” a question card from the pile, and then answer the question using the poster as a visual.
Page38-58 Ten Frames for 0-20 Print, Laminate and Cut for use.
Page 59-64 Number Cards (use these along with the ten frames for matching numbers to ten frames).
Page 64 this is a blank, or Zero ten frame. You can make multiple copies of this and laminate, and let the children “draw” a number card from a pile and then make play dough snowflakes for a math/fine motor center.
If you have a snowflake rubber stamp, they could ink stamp snowflakes on the ten frame too.
Page 65 Blank Cards – I like to include some for you to customize to suit your classes needs. Just insert a text box and type what you need, or just write on them with a marker.
Page 66-67 Missing Number Printable.
Page 68-72 Color, Cut and Glue Bear Stays Up for Christmas Craft/Sequencing Activity