Kristen Andringa
English Language Arts, Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Lower Primary
1, 2
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    Book Talk: Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?


    Needing a book talk lesson for students in grades 1-2?  Any teacher or substitute can use this lesson as a Language Arts project. This book talk for Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle will have students thinking of animals and their unique sounds to include in their own book., which they will think of on their own, and put into a book format. To take it a step further, students can read their books in front of the class or in rotating partners or small groups, when their books are completed.

    Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

    After reading the following book to the class, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle, have the students return to their desks, each with a lined piece of paper on which to begin formulating their own stories.

    On the paper, have them list ten animals they would want to include in their own book of animals they would want to see and write about. It could be an ostrich, beaver, horse, parrot, etc, any animal they can think of but encourage them to think of animals that other students might not think of, so that each student has their own unique book. They would also need to write the unique sound each animal makes. This could be tricky for students to come up with on their own, so the class could brainstorm sounds and the teacher write them on the board to help students get ideas for theirs. Again, variety is encouraged so that students think of sounds other students might not have thought of. Each animal should make it's own unique sound and should not be duplicated in the story.

    Each student should then make a book with 3 sheets of plain paper, by folding it in half, short side to short side. The teacher will go around and staple the folded edge of the booklet with two staples to bind the pages together to make a book. On the front, they will create a title (using the same idea as the book, and incorporating the first animal of their book in the title) and illustrate a cover for the book.

    On the inside 10 pages, the students will first write their story using the same format in the original book that was read to the class, to write their story on the bottom of each page of their book. They will then go back and draw each animal from their list on each page of the book.

    Very back 1/2 sheet should include 'written and illustrated by' their name.