Do you read “Polar Bear What Do You Hear?”
by Bill Martin?
It’s one of my all-time favorite stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story”
standards, or introducing verbs
to older students, as animals roar, hiss, snort and snarl.
I also use “Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” and “Brown Bear What Do You See?” when we’re studying the 5 senses
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun Polar Bear
“slider” craftivity, that will help your students retell
the story in the proper order.
There are several bear options. I’ve included a large
, full-page pattern for teachers, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.
Children color the story characters
on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the bear’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner
or reading buddy
, then take their polar bear home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension
I’ve included a “sequence the story” slider worksheet for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank strip.
I introduce the lesson by reading ”Polar Bear What Do You Hear?”
, then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
I have them guess which animal they think comes next before I pull the picture through the “window”.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a Polar Bear story slider of their own.
I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…”
writing prompt worksheet
, as another way to check comprehension
plus practice sequential writing
hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers
or other transitions.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy story sliders as much as mine do.
If there's a story you'd like to have a slider for, I do take requests
. Simply leave a note in the "Ask a Question" section, or e-mail me at email@example.com
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To see activities for the companion story “Brown Bear What Do You See?” click the link.
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