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Once again I’m linking up with  Carla over at Comprehension Connection as part of her popular series Thematic Thursdays. This weeks fun theme is Bears!  There are so many great resources for including bears in a unit of study.  I’m going to share a few of my favorites.  First off, a quick peek of my top picks.  You can grab the template with clickable video links (below) by clicking {HERE}.

Thematic Thursday Bears

The first book I want to share is a brand new book released January 2015.  It is called “Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.”  I have not read this book yet, but fell in love with the intriguing book synopsis on Amazon.  Harry Colebourn, a soldier in training and a veterinarian, saw a baby bear for sale at a train station.  He knew he could care for it, so purchased the baby bear.  The little bear slept under his cot during Colebourn’s training and became the regiment mascot.  Once Colebourn was to report for duty on the battlefield he placed little Winnie in the London Zoo. The soldiers’ mascot, now alone at the zoo, met a little boy…you guessed it Christopher Robin!  Okay, it didn’t take long to put this treasure in my Amazon cart!  You can find the book by clicking the cover below! 


A Statue of the real Winnie the Pooh bear.

A statue of Harry and Winnie at the London Zoo. (Photo Credit: Sally M. Walker)

“Big Smelly Bear” is a book that is sure to get your young ones in the tub! It is a perfect accompaniment to a health unit.  It ties in nicely when teaching the theme of friendship. Smelly Bear refuses to take a bath and boy does he stink!  One day he gets a terrible itch…but no friends will go near him to itch his smelly body.  Will he take a bath? Read the book and find out!  You can find it by clicking the cover below.

Another great book about friendships is “Bear Snores On.”  This book is about a hibernating bear who snores away in his lair.  As he sleeps, one by one, the woodland animals fill his cave in order to get warm.  Eventually bear wakes up to find a party going on while he has been sleeping away!  

Little Golden Books bring back fond memories of reading when I was young.  I love all of these books.  Originally published in 1948, this classic, “The Three Bears,” is back in print.  You can find it on Amazon if you can’t find it in your local stores.

Paper plate bear from Crafty Morning

Find this on Crafty Morning by clicking the picture.

Is this not the cutest paper plate bear ever?  You can find it over at Crafty Morning.  It is made with 2 paper plates, some brown paint, and paper.  

Reading Confetti has some simple ideas for creating sound effects to accompany the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”  Not only would recreating these sounds as the book is read be fun to do with students at school, it is a great activity to do with your own children at home! 

From Reading Confetti

Click the photo above to visit Reading Confetti.

The Classroom Creative has a free bear paw print printable, along with some great ideas shared on their website.  This teacher used the paw prints to record bear facts which her son could read as he walked onto the tracks.  You might have some other great ideas for using these prints!  You can find them by clicking the photo below. 


The Classroom Creative

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I’ve also shared two links above with some cute bear videos.  The first one is a recording of the book “Bear Snores On,” narrated by children.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their audio recording of the book.  The second is a song young children would enjoy about bear hibernation. 


Well, I’m off to check out at Amazon!  

Be sure to read all the post at Comprehension Connection!



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