THE VERY CRANKY BEAR activities, worksheets & lesson plan ideas
This THE VERY CRANKY BEAR Activities and Interactive Read Aloud Resource Book Companion Packet includes lesson plans, reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, grammar, phonics, writing and word study activities with both printable and digital student pages.
Following an interactive read aloud of the picture book, THE VERY CRANKY BEAR by Nick Bland, choose from the included collection of either printable activities or go paperless and use the digital activities to practice standards-based skills. We've even included editable teaching slides themed to match the book!
THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:
☐ SUMMARIZE / RETELL
☐ PLOT | PROBLEM - SOLUTION
☐ IDENTIFYING GENRE
☐ RHYME | RHYTHM | REPETITION
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ PLURAL NOUNS
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
It was a cold and rainy day and Zebra, Lion, Moose and Sheep found their way into a cave to play a game of cards. Each friend had something special about them: Zebra had stripes, Lion had a mane, Moose had antlers but Sheep was plain.
Suddenly, the friends realized they were not alone in the cave. They heard a loud ROAR and a bear chased them out of the cave. The friends concluded that the bear must be feeling cranky. The friends decided they would try and cheer him up. Zebra made stripes, Lion created a mane, and Moose made antlers for bear. The three brought their creations into Bear while sheep waited in the cold.
Again, the friends were chased out of the cave by the cranky bear. The friends were confused about why Bear was still cranky. Bear turned to Sheep and said he wanted a quiet place to sleep. Sheep decided to cut off some of her wool to make Bear a pillow. This allowed him to fall asleep and the four friends were able to resume their game inside the cave.
This rhyming book is a great story about friendship and feelings.
THIS COLLECTION OF ACTIVITIES and LESSON IDEAS INCLUDES:
➜ Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
➜ Social Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
➜ Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
➜ Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
➜ Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
➜ Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space
➜ Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution
➜ Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book
➜ Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)
➜ Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration
➜ Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
➜ Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally
➜ Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram
➜ Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another
➜ Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence
➜ Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections
➜ Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board
➜ 2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End
➜ 2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping
➜ 2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
➜ 30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:
- persuasive / opinion
- expository / informative
- creative / story writing
- procedure / how-to
- list making
- letter / postcard writing
- book reviews
INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:
➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)
➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables