Saturday, June 20, 2015

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Spotlight!

Hello friends!  I finally finished a pack I've been working on and wanted to share it with you on Kindergarten Dragons 'Spotlight Saturday'linky.
 Thank you, Erin, for allowing everyone to showcase something on their blog.
I always use the book 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear?' by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle at the beginning of the school year to assess the stages of color learning for my little ones.  Since there are three stages to color recognition, it's an easy way to take a quick peek at each individual student.  The repetitive text of the book also make it a favorite among my sweet peas.  They quickly memorize it and enjoy 'reading along' with me.  I know there are tons of really great freebies to go along with this book and I have used lots of them.  However, I hadn't found everything I needed for all the different levels of learning, especially at the beginning of the year when everyone seem to come in at such varying degrees of skills.
My pack is 81 pages and is filled with retelling activities and ideas, along with essential questions about the book, plus tons of ways to differentiate according to the level of the learner.  I have also included ways to make your little ones actively involved with the learning/assessing that takes place.
Brown Bear Retelling Pack What’s Included:
Vocabulary cards to use in a pocket chart
Three levels of Essential Questions to use to assess comprehension and ‘wh’ questions
Sequencing activities to help learners retell the story, also available at multiple levels to help  differentiate according to the level of your learner
Interactive Emergent Readers, available in three levels.  Students can match colors, read color words, and write a word in the sentence.  Pick the level that best fits the needs of your learners.
Class Book template with ideas included.
Color the Room activity with additional ideas included to make it a write the room for more advanced learning
Question cards with varying degree of difficulty to be used individually or as small or large group activities
Retelling cards/puppet pieces that can be attached to Popsicle sticks or hole punched/strung with yarn and worn as a necklace to actively engage young learners as they retell the story or hold up pieces while the story is read.

Here is a quick peek of some of the activities.
Sequencing sheets where the little learners cut and glue the pictures to retell the story.
However, if you have some students that are not at that level yet, you can use this type of sheet instead.
Little ones can find and color the picture according to the question asked.
There are three levels of interactive readers to choose from.  This allows for differentiation among students with the same type activity.

There are also three levels of essential questions to assess comprehension of the story along with 'wh' questions.

There are question cards that can be laminated and cut apart to use as individual, small or large group activities.  The questions are asked with varying degrees of difficulty, which allows each child to be successful and challenged.
There is a 'color the room' activity that can easily be made into a 'write the room' activity.
These cards can also be used to play a memory type game.
Vocabulary cards can be used in a pocket chart.
Puppet Retelling Pieces allow for students to be actively involved during the reading of or the retelling of the story.
A class book template is also included.

I don't know about you, but any class book we make is quickly a favorite on our bookshelf.  Little ones take ownership and pride in their work!  I truly love seeing that while listening to them 'read'.
The pack is on sale for $2.75.  I hope you check it out and leave me some feedback of your thoughts!  Click HERE or on the above picture to take you to my store.

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)


  1. We are big fans of brown brown brown bear too!! Loving your spotlight saturday!

  2. Wow, what a great packet!! We LOVE Brown Bear, too, and you have so many activities to help the littles gain a deeper understanding of the story and its concepts! I love how you have so many differentiated activities in your packet, and that there are so many different ways to meet and assess the needs of our kiddos!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us and sharing such a wonderful Spotlight! I'm headed over to check out your awesome Brown Bear packet!! Thanks again for sharing with us!!

    Warmest Wishes,