Bear’s Big Ideas

Written by
Kathryn Heling and
Deborah Hembrook

Illustrated by
Richard Walz
(Random House, 2005)

Book Description

“Rrrr! Rrrr! Rrrr!
Bear’s tummy is growling.
Bear is hungry. He is hungry for fish.
Bear calls his friends with a big idea.”

Poor hungry Bear!
Bear’s friends, Buck and Moose, grab their tools and help Bear with his big ideas.
Will Bear ever get his fill of fish?
Add your own ideas to this story when you draw and write on pages made just for you!

A write-in reader for children ages 4—7.

This step 2 Write-In Reader incudes writing and drawing activities just right for budding young writers.

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Extension Activities for Educators and Families

Bear had two best friends, Buck and Moose. Who are your best friends? Draw a picture of them and write their names.

Ideas are great — big or small. Draw a picture about a time when you had a great idea. Can you write about it, too?

Create a story map of Bear’s Big Ideas. Divide paper into four parts — setting, characters, problem and solution. Put a big star on your favorite part.

In Bear’s Big Ideas, the story takes place throughout the seasons. What do real bears do in the four seasons? Draw or write about it. What is your favorite season? Why?

Make a “Go Fishing” game. Tie a string to a stick for a fishing rod. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut paper fish and slip a paper clip onto each fish.  Write letters, sight words, numbers, story starters, or anything you can think of on the fish shapes. Put the fish in a bucket or small swimming pool. Go fishing!

Learn the card game, Go Fish!

Have fish crackers for a snack!

Note to Parents: This book would be a wonderful keepsake of your child’s first attempts at writing. Make sure you date it!

Note to Teachers: If this book is being used in a classroom or daycare setting, have the child respond to the writing pages on a separate piece of paper. Another idea is to cover the writing pages with contact paper and write on top of that with a dry erase marker. Wipe off with a damp cloth.


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