Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
Summary: Follow a young bear through a typical day as he describes all the things he “wears”.
Story Treasure: Flannel bear with 4 matching shirt/short outfits
Before beginning centers we looked through the book again, this time using the “Can You Find” Search on pg 9 of Before Five in a Row.
I brought in 8 pairs of matching fabric swatches: fleece, flannel, felt, silk, suede, denim, cotton, and sheer. I put one of each in a bag and gave each child one of the remaining 8 pieces. As I walked around the table, each student reached in the bag (without looking) and felt around for the matching fabric swatch. We talked about how the fabrics felt: scratchy, soft, thick, slippery, etc.
I brought in this bear puzzle and let the students take turns dressing the bear. Most did a great job of matching the outfits, others had fun being creative. I didn’t correct any of the students, we just commented on the outfits and let the students explain why they chose the clothing they did.
I brought in a shape sorter and the students took turns fitting the pieces into the appropriate openings. It was a favorite activity. We also pointed out the shapes in the kitchen tile.
MATH: Colors, Counting, Sorting
I brought in these counting bears and we spent awhile sorting them into colored bowls, counting them and naming the colors.