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Theme of the Week: Lions
and Tigers and BEARS - OH MY!
A unit study on bears for grades K-6th
by Belinda Mooney
October 31, 2000 rev. Jan. 2002, Mar. 2003, June, 2005. JM
teddy bear to Smokey the Bear, everyone loves bears! In this unit study
we will learn more about them. What they eat where they live and how
do what they do. We will read about bears, draw some bears, maybe do
bear crafts and maybe even have a Teddy bear Picnic!
All bears have certain things in common. They are big and furry. They have live babies called cubs, which they nurse. They have very powerful legs. They eat a variety of things from nuts and berries to bugs and fish. They all belong to this family:
1. Brown and Grizzly Bears- Ursus arctos - Did you know these two bears are really the same species?
2. Polar Bears -
-Do you like cold weather? Well Polar Bears do! And they have hair that
is more like feathers than fur!
3. Giant Pandas -
melanoleuca)- These bears were once placed in
4. Asiatic Black Bears - (Ursus thibetanus) -This bears Latin name means "Moon Bear of the Tibet". Why do you think that is?
Bears - (Tremarctos
ornatus) -Is this bear really wearing glasses? There is a picture here:
bear, so look for yourself.
6. Sloth Bears - (Melursus ursinus) - This bear's favorite snack is termites. Yum!
7. Sun Bears - (Helarctos malayanus) - This bear is the smallest and is also called the Honey bear.
If I were going to hibernate for the winter I would……
Here are a few to get you started add your own.
bear, brown bear, what do you see?
Books to read:
The American History of the Teddy Bear
President Theodore Roosevelt was an avid sportsman and hunter. In 1902, he and several of his friends went on a hunting trip to Mississippi. While on the trip, some of them men captured a black bear and tied it to a tree for the President to await the President to shoot. When Roosevelt arrived and saw the pitiful creature tied to the tree, he refused to shoot it. He felt it would be unsportsman like for him to shoot a bear tied to a tree.
When word got back to the press of President Roosevelt's actions on the trip, Washington Post cartoonist, Clifford Barryman, put a cartoon on the front page of the Post. It was a picture of the President with his hand up; as if to say "Stop", and his back turned to a tied up bear. The caption on the cartoon read, "Drawing the Line in Mississippi".
Michtom; of Brooklyn, New York, had previously made some stuffed bears
with black button eyes. Her husband, seizing the opportunity of the
placed two bears in the display window of his novelty shop. They were a
big seller immediately! At the same time, a caterer for Roosevelt's was
looking for a suitable centerpiece for the tables at President
daughters upcoming wedding. While in New York, the caterer happened
the Michtom's novelty store and saw the stuffed bears in the window.
bears had been outfitted in hunting and fishing gear, like President
wore. The caterer decided that the bears would be perfect centerpieces
for the wedding tables. At the reception, President Roosevelt was
asked what species of bear the centerpieces were. President Roosevelt
that they must be "Teddy Bears". The attending press at the reception
up the phrase, Teddy Bear, and mentioned it in their articles. Soon
Mr. Michtom wrote President Roosevelt and obtained his permission to
the bears, "Teddy Bears". Mr. And Mrs. Michtom's business soared with
new bears and soon their little novelty store had expanded, moved into
a larger building and re-christened, The Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.
Gina Sanders Copyright 1999~USED WITH PERMISSION.
You will need sugar cookie dough, cookie cutters in the shape of bears, cookie sheets, a small bowl, one can each chocolate and white frosting, and black food coloring. Take some of the white frosting and add the black coloring, mix well.
Roll out sugar cookie dough and have children cut out bear shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake according to directions. When cool have children frost the cookie to make it their favorite kind of bear; brown, black, panda, or polar bears.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, read the news.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, shine your shoes.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the lights.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, Say Good night!
is a Cave
NOTE: A special thanks to Gina Sanders and Britt's Daycare for their input and permission to use some of their ideas. Thank you, ladies!
|Submitted by: © Belinda Mooney "Belinda Mooney is a homeschool mom of 7 children in their 14th year of homeschooling. She enjoys writing unit studies, reading, crafts, cooking and working on her websites. Belinda has written articles for The Toybox and Joyfull Noise magazines. She has been asked to contribute history content to Learning and Teaching Scotland for high schools in Scotland. Belinda is the content manager for learningtreasures.com, childrensrecipes.com, kidskreate.com and dinnersinthefreezer.com (coming soon). She is also the Thrifty tip guru at thrifty-tips.com.|
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