My students love Bill Martin’s, “Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” story.
I like it because I can use it as a segue to introduce, teach and practice a variety of other things.
- “Some fantastic activities to support our author study.”
- “Excellent addition to literacy unit for Polar Bear What Do You Hear!”
Because the characters in the story hear different sounds, the tale is perfect for explaining onomatopoeia & reinforcing the 5 senses.
Since most of my students have never heard the sound of these animals, I’ve included links to real animals roaring, hissing, snorting etc. (One for each animal in the story!)
My kiddos absolutely LOVE this activity, and are truly amazed how animals “speak”.
* 3 writing prompt worksheets.
If your students are like mine, even your most reluctant writers will enjoy contributing their page to 3 class-made books.
1. “Animals Animals What Would You Like To Hear?”
( Fill-in-the-blanks & illustrate worksheet page).
2. “Chit Chat With The Animals”
( If a _______ (animal) could talk what are some things they might say?” Color-me worksheet pages).
3. “Children Children What Do You Like To Hear?”
(When it comes to awesome sounds, here’s a list of my top ten favorites: color-me worksheet pages).
Completed work makes a wonderful bulletin board. I've included 3 posters to use for the center of your displays.
Later, add the covers to make class-made books, which are great for parent-teacher conferences.
* A set of puzzle cards where students match the animal section to the sound section. Fun for Daily 5 word work, or a vocabulary-building activity.
* 2 graphing extensions.
* A set of pocket chart cards, which helps reinforce the onomatopoetic vocabulary in the story.
Make an extra set for an independent center activity, where students match the sound card to the animal/zookeeper card.
These can also be passed out prior to reading the story.
As you read “Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” the child holding that card brings it up and places it on your flannel or white board.
Afterwards, pass the animal cards out and see if children can arrange them in the correct sequence of the story. Grab that teachable moment to practice ordinal numbers.
* I’ve also included a mini-set of the cards for “Memory Match” & “I Have; Who Has?” games. Children can sort, sequence & alphabetize these smaller cards as well.
Toss them into a container and have children choose an animal card then make that noise, or choose a sound card and tell which animal made that noise.
Students can also pick X number of cards and write sentences incorporating those words.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you hear lots of giggles and happy sounds of children engaged in learning.
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