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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Brown Bear Sequencing Tower

This week we are having a wonderful time reading one of my favorites, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr. It is such a great, simple predictable text! My earlier learners get practice with identifying colors and animals, while my older learners get to practice their sequencing and reading skills. 

An activity that my students have enjoyed over the past few years is our Brown Bear Sequencing Tower. This is a super easy and cheap activity!

All you need is various sizes of plastic containers (margarine, playdoh, cookie dough, etc) and pictures of the story characters that are sized according to when they occur in the story (brown bear being the biggest and the children being the smallest). Tape the pictures to the containers and then pass them out. While reading the story, have students stack their containers. Until you get to what the children see and then use the tower as a model for recalling all of the colored characters.

The kids LOVE watching their friends try to steady the containers as the tower gets higher and higher! 

It is also a great literacy center activity for kids to independently practice their sequencing skills! 

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