We’ve been using Before Five in a Row for more than two years, but somehow we’ve only just now gotten to We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. I know from the Five in a Row Forum that this is a favorite in many families, and now we can count ourselves among them. The boys both had a lot of fun with this book, and they especially enjoyed a YouTube video of author Michael Rosen telling the story. The production is as simple as it could be (just Rosen in front of a white background), but he is such an expressive storyteller, the boys were immediately drawn in and found the whole thing hilarious. They watched it several times throughout the week.
We found a book at the library called We’re Going on a Book Hunt by Pat Miller, which the boys insisted on reading every time we read Bear Hunt. It’s a cute story about a class going to the library and picking out books, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the boys. Still, it was fun to see how the author copied the style of the original book. There’s also a fun Dora the Explorer episode called “Berry Hunt” (Season 1, Episode 10 available streaming on Amazon Instant Video-free for Prime members) that follows a lot of the language from the story.
In addition to things in the Before Five in a Row manual (though we never got around to making a mud puddle, which I really wanted to do), we did a lot of extras from the Homeschool Creations printables, which I printed and laminated (along with a couple activities from other sources):
- sort bears smallest to largest
- memory match game
- put caves in number order (Then I had him remove every other one and we talked about odd/even numbers.)
- Bear hunt “board game” (having too much fun to take a picture)
- pages in Ian’s workbook (which Elijah decided he was ready to try out)
- sequencing cards from the lapbook at Homeschool Share
- Graphing gummi bears using this free activity pack I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. Both boys did the first two pages (sorting and graphing), and then I also talked through the final page with Ian to have him read his graph and answer questions.
This was a great easy row for the week before we took off on vacation!