Bear Says ThanksBears Says Thanks by Karma Wilson In this book in the Bear series, Bear has nothing to share with his friends. Each of his forest friends deliver yummy treats to share. Bear feels sad because his cupboards are bare. In the end, he learns he does have something valuable, although intangible, to share.
Bear Says Thanks Book Activities
Concept SortBear says Thanks is set in a forest. It's a great opportunity to discuss the forest habitat. Throughout the book, readers will encounter homophones like bear and bare. (His cupboards were bare). They may also notice that the word "hare" is used instead of rabbit. This may be a new vocabulary word for some young learners. Bear Says Thanks is a great opportunity to discuss homophones.
A great way to teach homophones and building vocabulary is concept sorts. After reading the book, I had the boys sort animals by forest and non-forest animals. We were able to label words like bear and hare. With my oldest son, we were able to discuss the homophones bear/bare and hare/ hair.
Homophone PairsWith older readers, you can challenge them to write lists of common homophones-- words that sound the same but are spelled differently. I've always taught this concept by telling students about my mom and her sister. They sound exactly the same on the phone, but when you see them, they don't look the same. Homophones sound the same, but don't look the same. Children can also create simple illustrations of the words for future reference.
Writing Book ActivityThe main message of the story, Bear Says Thanks is that Bear is thankful for his friend's generosity but sad that he has nothing to share. He learns in the end that can share his stories. This is a great time to talk with children about sharing intangibles. Children can brainstorm things they can share
Children can write and illustrate their intangible items in a story.
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