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My Black Teddy

Linda Pentiuk


Students become familiar with facts about black bears by exploring the web and books. Each student will create his/her own story of a bear using facts learned. This lesson is appropriate for K-2 students.


The student drafts and revises simple sentences and passages, stories, letters, and simple explanations that-express ideas clearly-show an awareness of topic and audience-have a beginning, middle, and ending-effectively use common words-have supporting detail; and-are in legible printing.

The student knows the basic needs of all living things.


-A tape recording of a bear roaring (if possible)
-A tape player
-Computers with Internet access
-[Bonnie the Black Bear] by J. Storms, California: Heian International, 1994 or another appropriate book about black bears
-Crayons or markers


1. Find a tape recording of a bear roaring if possible.
2. Find the book [Bonnie the Black Bear] by John Storms or any other book that deals with mapping.
3. Have the website readily available for students to use.


1. Have the students listen to the tape recording of a bear roaring. (If this in not possible, roar like a bear loud enough for all the students to hear.)

2. Ask the students what they think could make that sound. Accept all answers.

3. Have the students sit down for story time.

4. Introduce the book that you chose by stating the title, author, and illustrator.

5. Tell the students that this is a book about black bears.

6. Read the book aloud to the students pointing to and discussing the bears on each page.

7. After reading the book, discuss it with the students by asking questions about what they thought of the book and if they have seen black bears like the ones in the book before.

8. Guide the students in creating a list of facts from the book.

9. Write all answers on the board word for word.

10. Explain to the students that they will divide into groups (the number of groups will depend on how many computers are available), and each group will explore more facts and pictures of the black bears using the website provided. (See WebLinks.)

11. Give the students about twenty minutes to explore the website.

12. After the students have viewed and discussed black bears at the Website, have them return to their desks.

13. Explain to the students that they will create stories of their own using at least three facts that they learned from the book that the teacher read or the website and draw a picture that goes with the story.

14. Write on the board and read aloud to the students what you expect of them. (For example: a title, at least three facts from the book or the website, a picture that goes with the story, length of the story.)

15. Pass out paper, pencils, and crayons or markers.

16. Give students about thirty minutes to create their stories.

17. After thirty minutes, have students clean up.

18. Ask if any students want to share their stories and pictures with the class.

19. Allow time for students to share.

20. Review the facts of black bears with the whole class.


Use the items that you wrote on the board (#14 in Procedures) to make a checklist to check the students' work.

Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


This lesson may work with any animal. The students could create one of their scenes from their story inside a shoe box. Display the boxes around the room and invite other classes to come and look at them.

Students can choose another animal to research, and they can do a comparing and contrasting activity.

Students could also create a web quest with the teacher where a question is posed, and they have to research together in order to find the answer.

Web Links

The American Bear Association, Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary can be found here.
The American Bear Association

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