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Unit on The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

Language Arts:

We read The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett three days in a row.

We also read this version of The Three Bears.


We sang a song from Can Teach Songs & Poems Page

Polar Bear

(to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”)

The polar bear lives in Alaska,
He never gets cold in a storm,
He swims in cold icy water,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.

and did this poem from Preschool Arctic Theme at Step by Step CC

Marco the Polar Bear

Marco the Polar Bear, (make circle in front of body with arms)
White as the snow, (extend out arms proudly)
Sat down on the ice (sit down)
Near the cold water’s flow. (shiver)
“Lunch! I need lunch” he said; (rub stomach)
“I’ll make a wish.” (put hands together to make wish)
He stuck in his paw (put right hand down)
And came up with a fish! (hold up right hand and smile)

~Submitted by Cheryl’s Sweethearts ChildCare


Comparing Sizes: In the two versions of “The Three Bears” that we read, Missy pointed out the small, medium and large things.

Bear Counting: We did a math activity with little bears.


The object of the activity was to introduce the concept of zero, reinforce counting and numeral recognition through 11 & lay the groundwork for the idea of number patterns.

Bear Patterns: She also completed patterns which I made with the bears, like red bear — yellow bear –red bear — yellow bear, red bear — yellow bear –yellow bear — red bear — yellow bear– yellow bear, big bear, little bear, big bear, little bear, and so forth.


Animal Tracks: We looked at a picture of polar bear tracks, then Missy worked with these animal tracks cards downloaded from Montessori for Everyone. I put them in two parallel rows, mixed up, and let her match them.


Arctic Animals: We made a very simple Arctic scene with felt and an Polar Animals Toob. The Toob also had critters from the South Pole, so we made 2 scenes, one for the Arctic and one for Antarctica. Martin helped us sort the animals according to where they live; he was great at it. He didn’t watch Happy Feet 7,456 times for nothin’! 😉


We also worked with these Arctic animals cards (there are 24 different animals); I’d made two copies of each one, so we played several rounds of concentration.


Polar Bears: We also added a few activities on facts about polar bears from this post on the Albright family blog and from the Three Snow Bears Unit at Homeschool Share and to her notebook.

We also talked about what makes mammals unique.

Animal Adaptations: I asked her why polar bears are white. She said “because the snow is white.” I explained the concept of camouflage, which she seemed to grasp immediately. We read this book:


We also read this book


We had fun with these books, and she asked loads of questions.

Icy Science: In keeping with the arctic motif,  Martin and Missy did a few simple ice-themed science experiments:

They did a simple demonstration of how a polar bear’s blubber enables it to swim in frigid water.

Making Crystals

Ice Fishing — This was a really fun activity for the littles. Their dad explained that it works because salt melts the ice, which then refreezes.



Sensory/Practical Life: We practiced our letter sounds of the week: s (as in “snow”) and i (as in “igloo”) using playdough. (Sensory)



We finished our polar bear craft. Many homeschooling bloggers post gorgeous crafts and artwork. If this ever makes you feel a bit like an underachiever, the antidote is to come right here, my friend. 🙂

This craft came from here (scroll down to the Bottle Polar Bear Craft for Kids). In case you’re wondering why our bear’s legs are sticking out — he’s SWIMMING. That was my innovation, ‘cuz there’s no way we were get this guy to stand up. His legs are taped on, because my glue gun ran out of ammunition.

Our collaboration went kind of like this:

Mom: O.K. — Choose two googly eyes … um … do you want them to be different sizes?

Missy: Yes.

Mom: O.K.

Missy: One of them got burned because it got too close to a hot thing. So it shrunk.


Mom: Do you think it’s finished now?

Missy: No. He’s just white.

Mom: Polar bears are usually just white.

Missy: (Clearly not seeing the relevance of this point) I need some more paints.



I really like this guy! He’s the product of several snafus, some adaptation, and a bit of independent thinking; he’s surreal and completely unique. Vintage Monkey Manor. 😀


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