Introduce the title, author and illustrator of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Ask students to look closely at the cover. Ask students to think about what a brown bear might see. Show students the inside cover and ask them to name the colors that they see. How might the colors be related to what the bear will see? Take a picture walk and encourage students to talk about the animals and the colors that they see. Ask students to say what they see in complete sentences, ” I see a (color) (animal).” When the students see the picture of the blue horse, stop and ask them if they have ever seen a real horse. What color was it? Can a horse really be blue? Do they think this is a real or make believe story? Tell students to be on the lookout for more colored animals that the author and illustrator imagined. Were the animals in the book what the students thought the brown bear might see?
Read aloud the story, allowing students to chime in once they are familiar with the repetition of the words. Ask students what the brown bear saw.
Syllable Sort – Let students take turns drawing a card of one of the characters from the story. Have them orally state the name of the character and then have the entire class say the name and clap the number of syllables they hear. Sort the picture cards by the number of syllables heard in the name of the character.
Reread the focus story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, encouraging students to join in on the repetitive phrases. For phoneme discrimination, ask students to listen to the following names of animals from the story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Do the animal names contain the same beginning sound?
In the classroom these lessons were very effective with my kindergarteners. They loved the story, illustrations, and the repetitive flow. The games are fun and help immerse the children in the story while they work on their reading skills. These are great activities to use during reader’s workshop and follows many of New York’s english language arts standards.