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    By L.P.

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    I just finished a unit on Bears. I used Brown Bear, Brown bear and made stick puppets of the animals and we acted it out. We also did Corduroy and made bear cutouts with green overalls. The children had to sort through my button box and find matching buttons for their bear's overalls. We also did gummi bear graphing (they could also be used for counting or sorting). And we learned about real bears as well, what they eat, how they hibernate, etc. Near the end of the unit, I made a chart and had sentence strips that I read to the children and then I asked if a real bear or a teddy/storybook bear would do each thing. They were easy to categorize statements such as: They sleep with you, etc. For an art/math activity we did Square bears. Start with basic geometric shapes of brown construction paper, squares for the ears,head, and body, rectangles for the arms, legs, and then talk about them, ask what shapes they are. Work with the children and round the squares off and one end of each arm & leg. The students draw a face and the project turns out really cute. You could also add a circle for the muzzle or just use a circle for the head if you want to add circles to the idea. We did Greg & Steve's Bear Hunt, too. They loved that.

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