This is lesson 5 of the storybook We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
A LITTLE BIT OF STORYTELLING/REVIEW
At this point, children are confident and (as they usually do) start to be a little bored of the same topic. To keep the review short but effective (it’s so important to activate their schemata and have access to their previous knowledge), pick one of them and ask him to choose one of the environment/obstacle flashcards (which, if you haven’t already, you can download here). Then ask:“Ready to go on a Bear Hunt? Let’s go!” And then altogether start singing: “We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one..” including the environemnt/obstacle chose by the child. Do the same other two or three times. They know the song already, the rhythm and the words. They just need a refresh.
Show children you map and whisper: “This is the Map of the Bear Hunt!”. Open it misteriously and elicit all the words again. Say that now they are going to make their own map! Like real explorers! WOW!!!
Material you will need:
-brown wrapping paper for the map
-green paper for the grass
-blue paper for the river
-brown tempera and paintbrushes for the mud
-cotton and silver glitters for the snowstorm and snowflakes
-stick (I like to use real ones) and green paper triangles for the forest
Depending on how much time you have, I suggest that you prepare in advance all the things which you can be a little tricky for the children, such as: green and blue rectangles, green triangles, the main shape of the caves.
One by one, give children the tasks, following the order of the story: grass, river, mud, forest, snowstorm, cave. Circulate, help when needed, ask questions such as: “What color is the mud?”, elicit the next task: “What’s next in the story? Do you remember?”.
At the end, have them trace a dotted path between the obstacles, like a real map.
Children were really proud of their own work, lots of English going on..a child told me: “Teacher, finished the grass!”. I was like “What?!” – “Finished THE grass.” Wow. An articulated well-pronounced sentence. It’s a lot. It means a lot to me. It’s one of those WOW moments that makes you feel you are doing the right thing, collecting sticks and recycling pizza cardboard for your children’s crafts.
Most of them asked me if they could play straight away with their maps, but unfortunatly they had to dry. A child made this 3d cave, simply folding the bottom part of the cave. That was so creative. This storybook has been really a great adventure for my children and I, and we enjoyed so much alongside.
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What about you? Have you ever read this story to your children? Which crafts have you loved doing? Have you had any WOW moments while exploring this story? Share them with us!!