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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Teddy Bear Day

In first grade Teddy Bear Day is highly anticipated and this year was no exception. Here are a few highlights from our day.

Interactive Writing

Students wrote their own invitation while we wrote this interactive class version. Since Teddy Bear Day was on a Friday, we wrote the invitation earlier in the week and sent it home on Thursday.

Read Aloud

The Legend of the Teddy Bear is a great read aloud for learning more about the origins of the teddy bear. Think Teddy Roosevelt.

Problem Solving
I had everyone start their problem solving with the easy one on the left and then move to the harder version. Have students show their work with pictures, numbers and words. This is from my Math Journaling and Problem Solving on TpT.

Art Project - Torn Paper Bears

Each bear comes out so unique. Beware...because the students are tearing everything, you will need lots of extra pieces to compensate for the all of the mistakes. Use marker to add the details after the entire project is glued together.

Each student will need:
1 - 9 x 12 sheet of blue construction paper for the background
1 - 6 x 9 green construction paper for the grass
1 - 8 x 8 brown construction paper for the body
1 - 5 x 5 brown construction paper for the head
3 - 3 x 3 brown construction paper for the paws
2 - 2 x 2 brown construction paper for the ears
1 - 2 x 3 manilla construction paper for the muzzle

Of course the day wouldn't be complete without some gummy bear math and science.

Teddy Bear Day Math

And the true highlight of the day was the Gummy Bear Science Lab by Science for Kids. We started this the day before and were able to record our findings on Teddy Bear Day. My students absolutely loved this. Several wouldn't even eat their gummy bears because they wanted to take them home for more science experiments. If you are having a teddy bear day, grab this great science lab.

Happy Teddy Bear Day!

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