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BLAST Early Learning
Hibernation

Books:

A Little Bit of Winter A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart

Hedgehog, who hibernates through the winter, wants to know what winter feels like, so he asks his friend Rabbit to save him a little bit of winter to share in the spring.

Time to Sleep Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

When Bear notices that winter is nearly here he hurries to tell Snail, after which each animal tells another until finally the already sleeping Bear is awakened in his den with the news.

In the Snow: Who's Been Here? In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George Two children on their way to go sledding see evidence of a variety of animal life.

 
 

Rhyme:

Where is Bear?

(Tune: "Where is Thumbkin?"

Where is bear?
Here I am.
Hear I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep.
Go to sleep.

 

Song:

Mr. Bear

(Tune: "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain")

Mr. Bear says all he wants to do is sleep,
Now that winter's here and snow is very deep.
He has curled up in his den,
And we probably won't see him,
Till the spring when all he'll want to do is eat!

 

Vocabulary Word:

Ramble: 1. to walk for pleasure

Example: "Turtle was off on a ramble".
(taken from Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming)

 

Activities:

Art/Creative/Fine motor skills

Use a paper cup as the cave. Have children tear a small half circle piece off of the cup starting at the cup rim. This is the opening to the cave. Glue a pom-pom in the center of a stiff piece of cardboard or paper. This is your hibernating animal. Put glue on the rim of the cup and place it on the paper with the pom-pom inside. Spread glue on the outside of the cup and the paper around the cup. Pull apart cotton balls and place on the glue to look like snow. Your project will now look like a bear curled up in a cave to hibernate for the winter.

Cognitive/Counting

Cut out ten squirrel shaped figures. Place the numbers 1-10 on each of the tummies. The first squirrel gets the number one. The second squirrel gets the number two, and so on. Then, use pom-poms as pretend nuts or cut out a number of nuts to have the children match the nuts to the appropriate squirrel.

Social/Emotional/Conitive/Language

Have a day where children bring their teddy bears to class. You and the students can then categorize the bears by height, weight, fluffiness, firmness, cutest, cuddliest, fastest, most lovable

 

Literature:

Bear Snores On Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

On a cold winter night, many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he missed the food and the fun.

 

What Will I Do Without You? What Will I Do Without You? by Sally Grindley
Figgy Twosocks sulks when her friend Jefferson Bear goes away to hibernate, but in time she finds a new friend in Hoptail the squirrel and is able to play again with Jefferson after winter ends.

Sleepy Bear Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich

Bear is getting ready for his long winterís nap, or hibernation, and his springtime awakening.