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Finding Winnie Activities for PreK-5

Finding Winnie activities capture students' attention while they practice fine motor skills and vocabulary, synthesize information, and more.

Finding Winnie Activities Capture Hearts and Minds

In Finding Winnie, a black bear and a WWI vet form an unlikely friendship. It is a remarkable true story that captures hearts. Finding Winnie activities capture students’ attention. Students practice fine motor skills, synthesize information, work with vocabulary, and demonstrate reading comprehension through these activities. Activities can be used to differentiate instruction for students, give them choices, or focus on a particular skill.

As a result of the activities included, students will be able to:

  • trace a bear.
  • plan a meal for Winnie.
  • respond to writing prompts.
  • sequence the story.
  • compare and contrast characters. 
  • define story vocabulary.
  • answer reflection questions.
  • write about Harry Colebourn.
  • research black bears.
  • interpret quotes, the author’s purpose, and the book’s theme.
  • play ship’s crew.
  • draw a black bear with a tutorial.
  • reflect on and respond to comprehension questions and writing prompts.

Download Finding Winnie Activities

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About the Book and Soundscape

Did you know that Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a true story about a bear named Winnie? On his way to the front, veterinarian Harry Colebourn rescued a bear. He named her Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. Harry’s great-granddaughter tells this remarkable story of friendship. She shares the journey from Canada to England and finally to the London Zoo where Winnie made a new friend named Christopher Robin. 

Soundscape designers Bryan Atkinson and Eric Goetz collaborated on this cinematic soundscape. The music is reminiscent of cherished dramatic films. The sound design and baby bear sound effects create an ambience that brings the setting, characters, and remarkable friendship to life.

Download the Novel Effect app to bring stories to life with music and sound that respond to your voice. 

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