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The Silly Bear Hunt: Map Skills with a Literacy Twist! (Writing Activities)

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Students LOVE “The Cool Bear Hunt” song! So…why not connect it with map skills and writing?

*Please note ~ This is ONLY a supplemental map activity. It works well with a full map unit. It has more writing resources than map resources. As a matter of fact, the map can be used as a writing organizer.

A fun way to teach or review a few elements of map skills is by using the song, “The Cool Bear Hunt,” performed by Dr. Jean on her CD, “Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs.” The kids really enjoy the song and the hand motions, as well as acting out the various emotions of seeking out the bear and... POTENTIALLY encountering the bear!!

Click HERE to find the words on drjean.org and HERE to find the song on iTunes. The song is actually titled, "The Cool Bear Hunt."

This activity gives students a fun experience to help them write a narrative piece and an opinion piece. It is nice to have a movement activity that can be linked to writing activities.

Table of Contents:

Song and Dance Introduction – Spice up your map skills lessons with
a song from Dr. Jean and some movement time as your first

Large Group Meeting - Directions for making an Anchor Chart of
The Silly Bear Hunt.

Map-tivity - A “Directed Drawing” of a map to the bear’s cave.

Photos of the completed project – My version with the class and a
student’s version.

Printables – Each type has an option with a clipart bear.
~ Narrative Writing –
- 2 versions of a flap book- one is jazzed up and one is basic
- 2 types of writing paper for this genre
- Mini anchor chart – Transitional Words
~ Opinion Writing –
- organizer – flow chart
- 2 types of writing paper for this genre
- Mini anchor chart – Connecting Words

Note - The printables are listed at the end of the document so that you can print them all quickly in “one fell swoop.”

Stay tuned to The Think Aloud Cloud for literacy and math activities relating to snazzy songs...

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My Selfie with Santa ~ Tell About your Holiday Craftivity
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~ This resource will have no Santa, but will include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and an "open" version. {I had a student a couple of years ago who needed the "open" version. I didn't want any of my buddies to be left out!}

{Note: The Post-a-Selfie in December set will be added by October 15th.}

Spring Break ~ Post a Selfie and Tell About It!
{Note: The Spring Break version will be included in BUNDLE #2 when it is ready.}

Easter Eggs ~ Craft with Opinion Writing Activity
Easter: How to be an Egg-spert at an Egg Hunt ~ Craft and Writing Activity
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Seasonal writing paper that is “UNPLUGGED!” ~ Writing paper with a certain theme, but it can be used with any craft that you may have already planned. Here are the themes that are available now:
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Math ~
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The months that are highlighted in green are ready to go and have a clickable link to the task card set.
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April {4-digit} ~ Random, I know, but I am creating these sets as my students need them.
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