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Sharing Activity with The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

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Objective: Teach the importance of sharing using The Little, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

In this lesson, you will provide students with the opportunity to experience sharing and scarcity using  “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” as a springboard for your discussion.

 

Materials:

  • A copy of The Little Mouse, The Red Rep Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
  • Markers
  • Index card

Connect

  • Begin the lesson by gathering the students together.
  • Ask the students to think of a time when someone shared something with them.  Ask them how it made them feel when someone shared with them.
  • Ask the students to think of a time when they shared something with someone else.  Ask them how it make them feel when they shared with someone else.
  • Tell them to turn and tell a partner about a time when they shared or about the time when someone shared with them.

Teach

  • Read “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.
  • As you read ask the students to talk about how they would feel if they were in the mouse’s position.  Would they go to such great lengths to hid their strawberry  Would they share their strawberry with the reader?

Active Engagement

  • Pay a version of tag with your students.
  • Draw a picture of a strawberry on an index card.
  • Give the strawberry card to a child.
  • Pick another child to be the “Big Hungry Bear.”  The “Big Hungry Bear” is it, and must chase all of the other children.
  • The child with the strawberry card is immune to the Bear’s tag.  If the Bear tags a child, that child must freeze in place until the strawberry card child comes and gives him the card.
  • Then that child becomes the immune child and gets to choose another child to be the “Big Hungry Bear.”
  • Continue play
  • Ask the students the following questions then invite them to turn and talk about their answers with a partner:
    • How did you feel when the Big Hungry Bear was chasing you?
    • Did you want immunity?  Why or why not?
    • How did it feel to be the child with the strawberry card?  How did it feel when someone gave you the card?  How did it feel when you gave the card away?

Link

  • Explain that  understanding how it feels to share is a good thing for readers to do. When readers are able to experience the same things that characters in books experience, they are able to make text-to-self connections and improve their reading comprehension.

Karis Needham is an elementary-school teacher and freelance writer. She taught herself to read at the age of three and has been reading ever since! In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching Jeopardy, and scrapbooking.

5 Senses Activity with The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

Minilesson for The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry BearExtension Minilesson Plan and Activity for Use With The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

Objective: Identify adjectives used to describe each of the 5 senses using The Little, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

In this lesson, you will discuss adjectives related to the five senses, using “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” as a springboard for your discussion.

 

Materials:

  • One strawberry per student
  • A piece of chart paper
  • One paint chip per student
  • Markers

Connect:

  • Prior to the lesson divide the chart paper into 5 sections. Title the chart paper “The Big Hungry Bear and our 5 Senses.”
  • Write “Sight” in the first section, “Smell” in the second section, and so on.
  • Begin the lesson by gathering students together.
  • Review the five senses with your students. Talk about each sense and the part of body it is related to.
  • As you discuss the senses, draw the part of the body next to the word on the chart.
  • Explain that our five senses help us understand and make sense of our world. We use them to take in our surroundings. Use the five senses to talk about the classroom you are part of as a springboard for discussion.

Teach

  • Read, “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.”
  • As you read, stop to identify words that describe how the strawberry looks, smells, tastes, etc.
  • Give each student one strawberry. Instruct them not to eat the strawberry throughout the activity.

Active Engagement

  • Go through each of the 5 senses with the strawberry and record the adjectives used by the students to describe the strawberry.
  • Sight: What does it look like? What color is it?
  • Smell: What does it smell like?
  • Touch: What does it feel like?
  • Hearing: What does it sound like when you eat it?
  • Taste: What does it taste like?
  • Once you’ve recorded all of the adjectives, taste the strawberries
  • Talk about the following:
    • Why would The Big Hungry Bear want a strawberry?
    • Will The Big Hungry Bear get full from one strawberry?
    • Are strawberries nutritious? Why or why not?

Link

  • Explain that paying attention to the 5 senses is a good thing for readers to do. The 5 senses help readers understand how a setting might smell, what a character is tasting, or how something sounds. When readers pay attention to the adjectives that describe the 5 senses, they will be able to make better inferences and improve their reading comprehension.

Karis Needham is an elementary-school teacher and freelance writer. She taught herself to read at the age of three and has been reading ever since! In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching Jeopardy, and scrapbooking.