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Unit Study on The Three Snow Bears — Part I

January 23, 2009

We are doing literature studies inspired by Five in a Row, blended with some Montessori-ish stuff; this week we’re “rowing” The Three Snow Bears.

We read the book, and she pointed out the large, medium and small things. (Math: Concept of Size). We sang a song from Can Teach Songs & Poems Page (Language Arts; Auditory Memory)

Polar Bear

(to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”)

The polar bear lives in Alaska,
He never gets cold in a storm,
He swims in cold icy water,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.

and did this poem from Preschool Arctic Theme at Step by Step CC

Marco the Polar Bear

Marco the Polar Bear, (make circle in front of body with arms)
White as the snow, (extend out arms proudly)
Sat down on the ice (sit down)
Near the cold water’s flow. (shiver)
“Lunch! I need lunch” he said; (rub stomach)
“I’ll make a wish.” (put hands together to make wish)
He stuck in his paw (put right hand down)
And came up with a fish! (hold up right hand and smile)

~Submitted by Cheryl’s Sweethearts ChildCare

We looked at a picture of polar bear tracks, then Trisha worked with these animal tracks cards downloaded from Montessori for Everyone. I put them in two parallel rows, mixed up, and let her match them.

We made a very simple Arctic scene with felt and an Polar Animals Toob. The Toob also had critters from the South Pole, so we made 2 scenes, one for the Arctic and one for Antarctica. James helped us sort the animals according to where they live; he was great at it. He didn’t watch Happy Feet 7,456 times for nothin’! đŸ˜‰ (Science: Habitats)

We practiced our letter sounds of the week: s (as in “snow”) and i (as in “igloo”) using playdough. (Sensory)

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