Our first week of school only contained a couple days, so we decided to go with a Teddy Bear theme in PreK. Even though it was only two days, I still created a full week’s worth of centers activities to fill my room with Rainbow Bears. I am including a link to my plans in this post so that you can plan your own bear filled week, no matter how many days you may have.
In my math center I set up two different bear games. I chose to use dot markers with the Roll and Graph game, although I could have also used bear counters and laminated the graph sheets. The dot markers and dice cube I used can be found below through these Amazon Affiliate links:
My PreK students also played this Rainbow Bear path game in the math center. We used large rainbow bears for game pieces and a foam die to decide how many places to move. This is a good way to get an idea of what your students’ one to one correspondence skills are to begin the year. You can find the rainbow bears and die below in Amazon Affiliate links:
The bear puzzles on the easel were popular this week. It was easy for students at the beginning of the year to match up the puzzles by color. I also placed capital and lowercase letters that each color started with on the puzzles. You can see the easel is in the window where we get plenty of sunlight from the bottom photo.
Someone had just donated some adhesive magnet sheets to me so it was quick work to print, cut, laminate, cut and add the magnets. I suggest cutting the puzzles into two pieces after laminating so they will match up nicely for students.
On the table where we do our arts and crafts as well as some literacy activities, I put out Bear Ten Frames for use with play dough, Bear cutting strips, and Bear qtip painting. The cutting and qtip painting will come back out during our Colors theme week as well.
Since we invited students to bring their teddy bears during the first week of school, I decided to start the year with a doctor’s office. Students doctored a teddy bear, their friends, and even me.
You will notice that I try to have a bin for each item and a label with words and pictures for everything in the dramatic play area. This really makes clean up much easier and adds additional print awareness to the room.
If you want to do a bear theme in your classroom, you may want to check out my lesson plans. I have included links to everything I have used. (None of them are affiliate links.) There is a list of books, names of songs, and links to find all of my Rainbow bear items.
When you look at my lesson plans you will notice that I had planned to create a bear mask with my students. We ended up not having time for this because I forgot to schedule in our chapel time during our first day. I decided I would rather not feel rushed to complete the bear masks when they would be wet and not be able to be taken home that day anyway. We ended up finishing up our toucans and macaws for any student who had not attended open house and then put out the bear qtip painting that had not made it out yet.
For our writing center I pulled out a magnetic etch a sketch I got from the local dollar store as well as my ABC Rainbow Bear cards. Students draw a letter out of the tub and draw that letter on the etch a sketch.
The science center had my scale for exploration, along with bears. We will use the scale several more times this year, so this week was mostly about free exploration. The scale I have is found in the affiliate link below. I got it for about five bucks at a book fair. We put away the weights that come with it since they are not appropriate for this age group.
You can see the first of the two pages of the bears lesson plan above. The second page includes books used as well as all the centers used for this theme. To grab my lesson plans for this week, please download my free lesson plan forms. This week’s lesson plan is also included in this file. Be sure to have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat and you will be able to CTRL-click the links to see where I found the activities that we did.