Bear Theme

Everyone loves Teddy Bears and most children
have a few bears at home. Teaching is a Work of Heart
has put together a Thematic Unit your students are sure
to love. Below you will find themed ideas for all subject areas.
You will also find great literature activities, free printables, and
links to our favorite bear sites. So cuddle up with a warm blanket and
start creating a bear unit your student will love!

Update - January 23, 2003


Various Ideas

You can purchase notepads that are bear shapped (local teacher store). They come in
two size. Buy one of each size. Program the large bears with a math problem and the small
bears with an answer. Laminate and place each set in a baggie. The student can now match the

Have each student bring in a Teddy Bear from home. Graph the bears by size, color, which have clothes on and
which do not...

Place Teddy Crackers in a large jar. Have the students estimate how many are in the jar. COunt the bears to see which student
had the best estimate.

Discuss the difference between real bears and make-believe/Teddy Bears. Using a Venn Diagram for this activity would be a goof

Cut out bears of different colors. Place in pocket chart for patterning activities.


Free Printables From Teaching is a Work of Heart - We have created a few activity sheets that will come in handy during your bear unit. We ask that you do not link to the sheets. You may link to this page. We also ask that you keep our copyright on the bottom of the sheet when using it. Thanks and Enjoy the Activities!

Teddy Bear Sorting - Use this sheet to sort Teddy Bear Counters or Candy.
The student colors each bear, sorts the counters, and writes the total number in the circle

Teddy Bear Tally Up - Use this after you sort the bears. Have the students make tally marks for each bear.

Graphing Gummy Bears - supply your class with gummy bears and graph have them complete this graph. When they have colored their graph, have them switch graphs with a partner to complete the questions.

Buy a Bear at a Beary Good Price- Here are different graphics of bears with different prices on each bear. Supply your students with play money and have them practice placing the correct amount of change on the bear.

Pocket Chart Teddy Bears - Various Bears with sentences to match. Use this in a pocket chart for students to read.

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My favorite Bear Books
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  Bear Snores On

A wonderful children's book, funny and fun to read aloud. This is a beautiful story about
forest animals gathering in a bear's cave while he sleeps. This story emphasizes the beauty of friendship.
The animals help eachother out, with fires and food, everyone making room for the next.
Even when the BIG bear wakes up, growling and fussing, the fun doesn't stop
& more room is made for them all to play. The wording is cleverly rhymed and
the story will leave you and your students smiling!

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  We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books)

A simple story of a family going on a bear hunt, going through grass, winter storm, forrest, cave, finding the bear and then leaving
AS FAST AS POSSIBLE! The text of the story is
lively and fun to read. The themes are
repetitive and easy for students to anticipate.
The rhythmic chant gets the students involved in the story.

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Sam's Teddy Bear

Sam needs Doggie's help to save his teddy bear from a terrible fate.

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Bears in Pairs

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The Legend of Sleeping Bear

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Every Autumn Comes the Bear

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Time to Sleep (An Owlet Book)

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Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

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Teddy Bear Books

Teddy Bear Music

Free Goodies From Other Sites -
We have found some great things to print. These come from other sites!

Paper Bag Bear Puppet Head Template

Paper Bag Bear Puppet Body Template

B is for Bear Coloring Sheet

Bear out of felt

Three Bears in the Forest Coloring

Goldilocks is discovered Coloring

Jan Brett Three Bears Page

Pooh Bear Coloring

Billy Bear: Bear Domino Tiles or Dominos - match

Kinds of Bears - Teacher Created Materials

Bear Picture Puzzle Bear Printouts (and information)

Three Brown Bear Activity Sheets

Browm Bear Activities Page

Corduroy Sentence Strips and a Graphic Organizer

Corduroy Coloring Page

Many, Many, Many bear Coloring Pages

Bear Color By Number

Bear Scissor Skills Free Samples for the Letter B
The Bear Hunt and a movable bear

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Skill Booklet (pdf)

Five Pooh Activity Sheets

Three Bears Mask To Cut Out and Use

Bears Wordsearch Puzzle - A printable wordsearch puzzle on the topic of bears for young children

More To Come

More To Come


My Favorite Bear Poems and Fingerplay


Five Little Bears: Counting up
One little bear
Wondering what to do
Along came another
Then there were two!
Two little bears
Climbing up a tree
Along came another
Then there were three!
Three little bears
Ate an apple core
Along came another
Then there were four!
Four little honey bears
Found honey in a hive
Along came another
Then there were five!
Author Unknown

Here is a cave.
Bend fingers on one hand)
Inside is a bear.
(Put thumb inside fingers.)

Now he comes out
To get some fresh air.
(Pop out thumb.)

He stays out all summer
In sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest
For berries to eat.
(Move thumb in a circle.)

When snow sarts to fall.
He hurries inside
His warm little cave
And there he will hide.
(Put thumb inside fingers.)

Snow covers the cave
Like a fluffy white rug.
Inside the bear sleeps
All cozy and snug.
(Place one hand over the other.)

Bears Are Sleeping
(tune:  Brother John)

Bears are sleeping,
Bears are sleeping,
In their lairs.
In their lairs.
Soon it will be springtime,
Soon it will be spring time,
Wake up, bears!
Wake up, bears!


My favorite little stuffed bear. I feel in love with this guy in elementary school and love to share his stories with my class. You can't help but love this lttle furry guy with the missing button. Here are some activities and links to go with the Corduroy Book. To learn more about a product, just click on it!


More Corduroy Books - Click the Title to Learn More or to Purchase!!!

Corduroy's Birthday: A Life-The-Flap Book (Lift-The-Flap Book (Viking).)
Corduroy Goes to School (Lift-The-Flap Book (Viking).)
Corduroy's Busy Street

More Corduroy Books - Click the Title to Learn More or to Purchase!!!
Corduroy on the Go
Rhymes and Riddles With Corduroy (Reading Railroad Books)
Corduroy Writes a Letter (Viking Easy-To-Read. Level 2)
Corduroy's Playtime Activity Book: With Resuable Stickers, Puzzles, and Pictures to Color


Corduroy on VHS - I like to show the Corduroy Video after reading the story. Here are a few to choose from.

Great Links To Corduroy Lesson Ideas

Analyzing Corduroy
This lesson is designed for first and second graders. Students consider the importance of perspective in the story and in life.

A Mini Unit From Teachers Net

Corduroy Sentence Strips and a Graphic Organizer

Corduroy Coloring Page

Corduroy, Linking Technology & Literacy


Some Great Ideas To Use With a Corduroy Book

Social Studies

Draw a map as a class of where you would go to find Corduroy in the department store and discuss how you would do it.



night watchman



department store



Corduroy has lost a button. In the Frog and Toad stories, Toad also loses a  button. These stories are perfect lead ins for button math.

Buy an assortment of buttons and let the students sort the buttons by color, shape, size, and number of holes. Also use the buttons to do math addition and subtraction problems

Count the number of buttons you are wearing after reading the story.

Think About it Questions??

Pretend you are talking with Corduroy about his new home. 
       What questions would you ask?
       What do you think his answers would be?

Would you spend your money to buy an imperfect toy?

Fun at Home

The teacher has a stuffed Corduroy bear who spends the night with each  student. Students and parents write a Corduroy report detailing how they were a  friend to Corduroy.

Corduroy Color Center
Use in pocket chart or make many and place in baggies for students to use at their seats

Find a picture of Corduroy or a picture of a bear and add overalls. Make eight copies of the bears and color each overall a different color. Now on index cards write color words.

The student matches the color word to the bear with the given colored overalls.

Write about it!

Corduroy found a friend named Lisa. What does friendship mean to your students? Have each child write about friendship. This would make a great class book!


Literature Activities For Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See


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Books and Ideas For Goldilocks and the Three Bears




My Favorite Bear Links - Most link to other sites
by teachers. I only pick the best of the best links!!!

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