We're Going on a Bear Hunt Book Cover We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury
Candlewick Press (MA)

For brave hunters and bear lovers - imagine the fun of going on a bear hunt — through tall, wavy grass (swishy swishy swishy! ), swampy mud (squelch squelch squelch! ), and a swirling whirling snowstorm (hoooo woooo! ) — only to find a "real" bear waiting at the end of the trail!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a fun read-aloud book about a family who embark on an adventure to find a bear. They encounter various surroundings on their journey. The melodic and repetitive text encourages children to join in with the reading and the nature of the story allows for some fun actions. Teaching points include adjectives, prepositions, onomatopoeia, intonation, pitch, mapping, and bear studies.

Classroom Activities:

  • Create a fact file about bears
  • Make a map that shows the route the family took
  • Re-write the story about a different animal or setting
  • Write the story from the bears perspective
  • Act out the story
  • Pretend you are a character in the story and write a recount of your adventure
  • Discuss the illustrations and reasons for the alternating color/black and white

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