Topic: Thanksgiving – Bear Says Thanks
CLI Strategy: Teacher in Role
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: Pre K, K
Students will be able to: explore the idea of “giving thanks” by enacting characters and solving problems within the story of Bear Says Thanks
- Ask Students: What is giving thanks?
- Read Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson. Stop after: “But he looks through his cupboard, and the cupboard is bare”
- Transition to Forest Meeting: Explain that all of the animals in the forest got together to decide how they could help Bear. Students choose an animal role. Count down and have students make a statue to show the animal role they chose.
- Introduce Problem: Explain that Bear has no food in his cupboard and he’s bored. How can we help him?
- Brainstorm Solutions with students: Take student suggestions for helping bear.
- Collectively Decide: We will bring bear our favorite foods.
- Make: Ask students what food they want to bring bear. Draw foods on plates and hand them to students.
- Pantomime moving through the forest as animals to bring Bear gifts.
- Teacher in Role as Bear: Explain to students that when you put on hat that you will become Bear. Once teacher is Bear, invite students in and re-explain your problem.
- Action: Ask students what they brought. Invite them to come forward and show you.
- New Problem: The students brought Bear all of these wonderful gifts. Bear has nothing to give back. What should Bear do?
- Decide that maybe the story book has a solution. Invite students to sit while Bear reads them the rest of the story. Once finished, count down to exit role play and return to being students.
- Who did we help today?
- How did we help bear? What did bear give you back?
- How do you show thanks at home?