Bear Says Thanks Activities

Get ready for a grateful read-aloud experience with Bear Says Thanks activities. Pair them with Novel Effect’s soundscape for an immersive, thankful storytime that boosts literacy and warms hearts. 

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43 pages

Grades PreK-3


Gather ’round to bring storytime to bear-tastic heights! There’s no shortage of gratitude and Thanksgiving activities in our paws-itively enchanting Bear Says Thanks activities. Watch as your read-aloud transforms into heartfelt gratitude lessons!

Our Bear Says Thanks activities are a cornucopia of integrated learning experiences that seamlessly connect Thanksgiving traditions with foundational literacy skills. Your little learners will trace, practice scissor skills, and dive into a word search that spells out ‘thanks’ and ‘gratitude.’ They’ll also illustrate scenes, sequence the story, and finish sentences and items from the heartwarming tale. Talk about a full plate of learning that leaves room for seconds!

They’ll also explore character traits that describe Bear. Get those Venn diagrams out to compare and contrast story elements, and engage in meaningful discussions with the included reading comprehension questions! Sharpen those crayons, ready your scissors, and uncap those glue sticks for a smorgasbord of fine motor activities.

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

  • trace words and practice scissor skills.
  • complete a word search.
  • illustrate items from the story.
  • practice ending punctuation.
  • sequence the story.
  • illustrate story elements.
  • write character traits that describe bear.
  • compare and contrast with a venn diagram.
  • write about gratitude and thankfulness. 
  • apply writing skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • practice reading comprehension with included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • engage in social skills with included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills through included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • participate in a gratitude circle.
  • create a family gratitude jar. 

Unlock this un-bear-ably awesome resource and treat your kiddos to an unforgettable feast of learning, laughter, and thankfulness! Don’t miss out, download now and make your read-aloud a roaring success!

💙 Eager to give thanks and grow little learners’ love for reading? Sprinkle some extra gratitude into your storytimes with these book activities that are simply too grateful to miss!

💙 Once you’ve snagged your Bear Says Thanks activities, get ready for a read-aloud that’s richer than Grandma’s gravy! Pair the book with the claw-tacular soundscape in your Novel Effect app for a truly thankful and immersive experience! 

About the Book

Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks to his friends—a delicious big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There's just one problem: Bear's cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Karma Wilson's playful text and Jane Chapman's charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering Bear's special gift. 

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