The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep – however he tried and wherever he tried. SNORE, SNORE went Mrs Bear. TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK went the clock. Would he never get to sleep?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a story about the dream that Mrs Bear might have while she is sleeping.
- Write a description of what it is like in your house at night. What does it look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like?
- Mr Bear is tired. Make a list of other words that mean the same as ‘tired’.
- Can you write one of the stories in Mr. Bear’s newspaper? What news events might have taken place that day?
- Think of some speech / thought bubbles for each bear in the illustrations.
- Look at the use of capital letters in the story. Why has the author written some words in CAPITALS?
- Mr Bear hears lots of sounds during the night. Can you find the words which describe these sounds? Can you think of any other words that describe a sound?
- Mr Bear eats a sandwich in the middle of the night. Write a set of instructions to teach someone how to make their own delicious sandwich.
- Rewrite the story from the point of view of Mr Bear. How was he feeling at each point in the story?
- Use the speech to rewrite the story in the form of a play script.?Can you act out the story with some friends?
- Watch this video which retells the story. Could you record your own voice reading the story with lots of expression?
- Look at the clocks in the illustrations. What times are shown? What is the difference between the times on each clock?
- Find out about animals that are nocturnal. What do they do at night time? What do they do during the day?
- Investigate why we have night and day.
- Learn about shadows and how they are formed.
- Find out why we need sleep. How does it help our bodies? What happens if we don’t get as much sleep as we need?
- The moon is shown in a number of illustrations. Use a book about space to find out about the moon and how it affects us here on Earth.
- Look at the shape of Mr Bear’s feet in the pictures. Can you find out about the footprints of different creatures? How are they similar / different?
- Look at the different clocks in the illustrations. Can you use a painting program to draw your own clock?
- Design and make a new pair of slippers for Mrs. Bear.
- Make a new mobile to hang above Baby Bear’s bed.
- Design a machine that might help Mr Bear sleep. You could use this example from Wallace and Gromit to give you some ideas:
- The book has black and while pictures as well as colour illustrations. Can you draw your own black and white pictures? Can you draw your own colour pictures?
- Look at photographs of night time scenes (see Resources below).?Can you use these to draw / paint your own pictures of places at night?
- Can you draw some pictures of objects and their shadows?
- Compose a bedtime song to help Mr Bear to sleep.
- Draw a map that shows the layout of the Bears’ house. Don’t forget to include the garden and the car!