This is a unit based on Bill Martin Jr.’s story, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?”
The objectives of this unit is that by the end, students should recognize and know how to say the names of the animals and colours from the story in Cree, as well as how to say teacher and student.
This unit is full of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities to make the learning fun and interactive.
It can last 1-2 weeks, as the games can be played over and over again. It can be taught as part of the Cree program, or inserted into the regular classroom as a way to integrate some of the Cree language into the Language Arts program.
This unit can be taught in many grades, from kindergarten, where they are probably using the English version of the story, up to the higher grades, where they can focus more on learning the different vocabulary words.
The Cree used is common to Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Table of Contents:
Page 3 – Objectives for this unit
Page 4 – Guide for mini-books
Page 5-9 – mini-book for Brown Bear in Cree – students decorate pictures by colouring, collaging, stamping, gluing feathers or other things on
Page 11-16 – mini-book for Brown Bear with only the animal words written in Cree
Page 17-22 – mini-book for Brown Bear with blank lines for the animal word to be written in Cree
Page 23-24 – Reader’s Theatre
Page 25 – Cree to English dictionary of words used
Page 26-44 – Posters with Cree words for each animal and colour
Page 45-50 – I Have…Who Has… Game
Page 51-57 – Memory Game
Page 58-59 – Colouring Pages
Page 60 – Write a short story about one of the animals from the story or write all the facts you know about one of the animals. Use Cree for the words you know, or students have to use at least 5 Cree words.
Page 61 – Pick one of the colours from this unit. Students make a list of everything they know that is that colour.
Page 62– Listening and Speaking Practice
Page 63 – 6 oral games to play