Friday, January 29, 2010

For Fun Friday: Polar Bears

A few fun polar bear reads to share with the kiddos throughout the Polar Bear unit!

Cabrera, Jean.
The Lonesome Polar Bear.
Random House.

This cute, little polar bear is quite lonely, despite his friend the snow cloud. Knowing that the little polar bear is lonesome, the snow cloud decides to produce him some friends. However, all of the new friends end up melting away come the end of the day. They don't swim, splash or even play hide-and-seek with him! Will the lonesome polar bear one day meet his match in a friend?

This book is very creatively written - as a snow cloud produces snow animals to act as the lonely polar bear's new friends. It's a creative way to show the role that the arctic plays on wildlife, as well as to display and introduce different arctic animals to children. The book is perfect for practicing retelling with children and to use for sequencing skills.

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • Create a family/class story of The Lonesome Polar Bear. Detailed instructions can be found here.
Murphy, Yannick.
Baby Polar.
November 2009.

Despite his love of cuddling with Mama Polar, he's also a very curious little Polar Bear. And once the snow starts swirling, he turns off his listening ears, opting to play in the snow, rather than heed Mama's warnings about staying close, as the storm could turn nasty. Sure enough, his opting not to listen leads Baby Polar Bear to a very uncomfortable situation, being separated from his Mama. After an intense search, just as he's ready to settle down, digging a big hole in a hill of snow, Baby Polar hears the familiar beating of his mother's heart!

This book allows parents the perfect opportunity to share with their child(ren) the importance of listening to elders. Take the time to talk with your children about different reasons when/why they should be listening and paying attention. Explanation helps children accept things!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Here, you will find a list of listening activities that you can complete with your child(ren) to better improve their listening skills!

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style='clear: both;' Mark said...

Katie, you won a book on my blog - The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher - I've emailed you a couple of times, but something must be up with our emails, either mine to you, or yours to mine - if you have replied, I haven't got it - if you have replied, and I didn't get your email - or you haven't received mine - could you post your address as a comment on my blog - since I hve to approve comments, I get your address and reject the comment so no one else will see it. Thanks, and sorry for the bother, Mark

style='clear: both;' Mark said...

Got your address - thanks, and you can delete these 2 comments if you want :-)