My students love Bill Martin’s, “Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?”
I like it because I can use it as a segue to introduce, teach and practice a variety of other things.
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”.
The packet also includes:
* 3 writing prompt
If your students are like mine, even your most reluctant writers
will enjoy contributing their page to 3 class-made books
“Animals Animals What Would You Like To Hear?”
& illustrate worksheet
“Chit Chat With The Animals”
( If a _______ (animal) could talk
what are some things they might say?” Color-me
“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
* 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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