Bear Bonanza

Thanks to media specialist Amy Michael of Fall Creek Elementary for today’s post!

fce1One of my passions as media specialist at Fall Creek Elementary is to promote excitement for reading. Motivating kids to read is one my favorite aspects of my job. When the new Paddington Bear movie hit theaters I realized that my students probably didn’t know that Paddington was originally a book character! I wanted the kids to know more about him and all of the other famous bears in literature. So FCE had a week long “BEAR BONANZA.”

fceThe week started with Paddington Bear posters around the school telling the kids to get ready for a bear hunt. It sparked their excitement and got them wanting more. The following week they found trivia questions posted in the hallways with QR codes. The kids had a great time scanning the codes and finding the answers to the questions. Some of the questions were geared towards the higher grades. This meant they had to do research to find the information. Another good skill for them to embrace!

fce6The library contained a non-fiction section for them as well. The students were encouraged to find facts about the bears and write them down for others to read. I knew that the first grade teachers were getting ready to kickoff a thematic unit on polar bears, so this was the perfect tie in. It was also a great opportunity for me to teach the kindergarteners how to compare and contrast the characteristics of fiction and non-fiction bears.

fce11Many fun read alouds were done with the numerous bear books. Students learned the history of Paddington, the Berenstain Bears, Winnie-the-Pooh, and many others.

The week wrapped up with the kids bringing their favorite teddy bear to school! The children read to their bears, fourth graders read to the kindergarteners; the students wrote bare books with their bears, and took their bears to the library to snuggle up with a good book!