Children have a special bond with their teddy bears. You can use this to create a thematic unit for your classroom that include math, science and art lessons. To enhance the study of teddy bears, create numerous writing activities and allow your student to choose one or more of the writing topics.
Teddy Bear Diary
Purchase a teddy bear for your classroom. Each night, send the bear home with a different student. For his homework assignment, ask the child to write a diary entry on behalf of the teddy bear. The writing should include activities the teddy bear did with the child, as well as any special family events or celebrations during the evening. After each student takes the teddy bear home, collect all diary entries and create a teddy bear diary for your classroom. This activity is suitable for first to third grade students given the complexity of the teddy bear's diary.
Life as a Teddy Bear
Read the story, "Corduroy," with your class. Discuss how teddy bears are made and ask each student to write a paper on how-to make a teddy bear. The paper should include the materials needed and the steps should be clear and concise. Allow each student to present his paper to the class or a peer.
A limerick is a humorous poem that follows a specific pattern. The first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the second and third lines rhyme with one another. Teach your students the proper limerick format and show them examples of limericks from various poetry books. Ask the students to write their own limericks based on the life of a teddy bear. This might be about how the teddy bear was made or something it did with its owner. Create a teddy bear poetry book and place it in your classroom library. Depending on your district's curriculum, this activity is appropriate for students above the second grade.
For kindergarten or first-grade students, use a die-cutting machine to create plain, brown teddy bears. Pass these out to your students and ask them to decorate the teddy bear in a way that represents what they want to be when they grow up. Then provide the students with lined paper and ask them to write about the intended job and why they want to work in that field. Display the teddy bears and descriptions in your classroom.
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