New! Bear Hibernation
Students recall from a previous story that bears sleep during the winter. They repeat the phrases of a song about bear hibernation after hearing the teacher model the song phrases.
Students explore the concept of hibernation. In this winter lesson, students read Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming and discuss the content of the story. Students participate in classroom activities that require them to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.
Migrate, Adapt, or Hibernate
In this migration and hibernation activity, students read a 2 page informational excerpt about animals who adapt to changing seasons by migrating or hibernating. They then use the information they learned to answer the 15 questions on the page. The answers are located on the last page in the packet.
A Bed for Bears
Here is an excellent worksheet on context clues that is accompanied by a short story on bears who are preparing for the hibernation season. In it, learners read the story, then answer four questions from the story. Very good!
Explaining the Themes of Eagle Song: (Chapter 8, "Peace")
Your class reaches the end of the novel Eagle Song as young readers focus on determining the theme of this story. Similar to previous lessons in the unit, the teacher begins with a read aloud of the first few pages of chapter 8, before asking young scholars to finish the chapter independently. The class is then reintroduced to the "Somebody In Wanted But So" reading comprehension strategy learned earlier in the unit, using it as a guide for identifying different themes in the novel. Significant teacher support is required during this discussion, as pupils are encouraged to move beyond summarizing the text toward understanding the different lessons it teaches. Children finally work in groups to support each theme with details from the book. A well-rounded lesson that nicely concludes your class's reading of Eagle Song.
Central Conflict in Eagle Song (Revisit Chapter 1, Begin Chapter 2)
While continuing to read the book Eagle Song, your class learns to cite specific details when answering questions and to use context clues when encountering unknown words. Learners begin by listening as the teacher reads aloud the first pages of chapter 2, before working in small groups to answer text-dependent questions using sticky notes to locate supporting evidence in the book. Next, the teacher models the process of using context clues to define new vocabulary, focusing on the words before and after the unfamiliar term to deduce its meaning. Learners then continue to read the chapter independently, identifying supporting details for the remainder of the text-dependent questions, finally discussing the answers with their group. An excellent lesson that teaches young readers to support their answers to reading comprehension questions with evidence from the text.
Why Do Bears Go To Sleep in the Winter?
Students develop their own hypothesis on why they believe bears go to sleep in the winter. As a class, they discuss where and when bears hibernate and make their own models of a bear cave. They predict when the bears might wake up and why.
Pupils study the hibernation process of bears through the making of a bear's cave.
Preschool and Homeschool Bear Lesson Plan
Students explore the theme of bears and participate in a variety of activities that relate to this topic. In this bear lesson, students bring their teddy bears to class. Students create a bear book out of 4 pieces of paper. Student recite bear songs and rhymes. Students discover the word hibernation and examine the diet of bears.
How Animals Prepare for the Winter
Students study animals. In this hibernation lesson plan, students are read Stranger in the Woods and they discuss what various animals do in their habitat during the winter. They work as a class to create their own hibernation environment using materials they would want to if they were going to sleep for the winter. This lesson plan includes resource links to extra activities.
Students simulate hibernation with their stuffed animals. They predict the length of time of hibernation and type their math journal entries about sorting, graphing and draw pictures. They read bear hibernation stories.
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