Thus begins our journey with Zebra, Moose, Lion, Sheep and Bear!
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland is a delightful presentation in rhyme which will surely entertain Pre-K–Grade 1 students.
Below are a few activities that may be presented, modify to meet the needs of your students.
The selection from the Bear’s Perspective:
Setting: Cave, rainy day
Initiating Event: Disturbed while sleeping by zebra, moose, lion, sheep, and bear
Internal Response: Angry
Plan: To get some rest
Attempt: Chases them out
Attempt: Chases Zebra, Moose, and Lion out from cave after they use their ideas to try to cheer him up
Attempt: Tells (roars) sheep “All I really want is a quiet place to sleep.”
Direct Consequence: Sheep makes him a soft pillow using his wool. Bear goes to sleep
Resolution: Peaceful, Relaxed, Satisfied (Was he dreaming of a thoughtful sheep?)
The story could be taken from each of the character’s perspectives.
Setting: In the cave
Initiating Event: Bear chases the other characters out of the cave after they use their ideas to cheer him up. He goes back into the cave and roars at sheep, “ALL I REALLY WANT IS A QUIET PLACE TO SLEEP!”
Internal Response: Surprised (great picture for feeling words); shocked; scared
Plan: To help bear get to sleep
Attempt: Clips off half her wool with clippers
Attempt: Stuffs the wool into a cotton bag
Attempt: Tiptoes back inside and asks bear if he would like a pillow
Direct Consequence: Bear thanks sheep and goes to sleep; Sheep and his friends go back to playing cards
Resolution: Sheep is pleased, warm, satisfied
I am reminded of the time I taught kindergarten and of my teaching mentor, Gail O’Connor. She was so skilled at taking stories and adding simple props, then letting students add their own touches to characters! This story would so lend itself to a student play!
Students could use this free thought downloadable (shown below). Modify it to meet the needs of your students (drawing or writing). The SGM’s Critical Thinking Triangle® is the crux of the SGM tools, focusing on the thoughts of characters for perspective taking. This book is a simple introduction to a character’s thinking.
Students could be asked to write a sentence, as modeled here, using the sequence words. Then, the sentence strips could be cut and put in order, as shown.
Use this downloadable and modify it as you wish.