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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Bear Country

BearRelated Posts:

Bear In A Cave Craft

Hibernation

Caves & Caverns

Five-Part Animal Theme Series

Trees, Leaves & Forests

Recommended Books:

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Billy Martin Jr.
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Billy Martin Jr.
  • Bears Are Curious (Step into Reading Level 2) by Joyce Milton
  • Every Autumn Comes The Bear by Jim Arnosky
  • Bear Has A Story To Tell by Phillip Christian Stead
  • The Bears In The Bed And The Great Big Storm by Paul Bright
  • Backyard Bear by Anne F. Rockwell
  • Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • A Fair Bear Share (MathStart) by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Bears Odd, Bears Even (Math Easy To Read) by Harriet Ziefert
  • The Singing Snow Bear by Carol Grigg
  • The Berenstain Bears series by Stan & Jan Berenstain

bear paws

Did You Know?: Polar bears are generally regarded as the largest bear species; however, the largest recorded bear was a Kodiak who weighed over 2500 pounds and was nearly 14 feet tall. Additionally, although polar bears appear white, the skin underneath their thick hair coat is actually black.

Lesson Topics To Cover:

  • Bears are mammals and omnivores (eat both plants and animals)
  • There are eight living species of bears
  • Their home/dwelling is called a den
  • They have an excellent sense of smell
  • Bears walk on all four but they can stand tall on two
  • They can run quickly and can climb and swim
  • Bears sleep in winter
  • Baby bears are called cubs
  • About Bears worksheet

General Bear Habitat Facts:

  • Food Souce ~ insects, fish, berries, birds, eggs, plants and other mammals
  • Water Source ~ rivers, lakes, streams, coastal waters and melted snow
  • Shelter ~ caves, meadows or trees
  • Space ~ hills, valleys and shorelines
  • Type ~ woodlands, tundra, mountains or polar regions

Tracks & Sounds:

Activities:

  • Word Association: List or have the child come up with words associated with bears, such as: paw, claws, big, fur, cave, den, cubs, woods, snout, polar bear, brown bear, panda, black bear, grizzly, roar, hunt, etc. Word map.
  • Bear themed Word Search
  • What Goes With This Bear?: for this classification activity, you’ll need a picture of various bears. Ask the child to identify habitat related items for each, such as: Grizzly (trees, rocks, trout), Polar (ice, snow, fish or seals), Panda (bamboo, forest, grass). You can offer cutouts or pictures of the items for prompting.
  • Map the Bear: using various types of bears, ask the child to identify their correct geographical region on a map, such as: Panda (Asia), Polar (polar region or ocean), Black Bear (U.S. Pacific Northwest), etc.
  • KWL Form
  • Life Cycle of a Black Bear
  • Bear Questionnaire (good for writing prompt)
  • What I Learned About Bears worksheet
  • Write and Color Bear worksheet

Related Resources:

Songs & Poems: Bear themed

Crafts:

Online Games: The Berenstain Bears online games

Spanish:

bear = el oso

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