Tuesday, April 23, 2024
We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

by Mark Warner

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Follow the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. What a surprise awaits in the cave on the other side of the dark forest.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Make a list of things that you might need if you were going on a similar adventure with your family.
  • Look at the use of prepositions in the story (over, under, through). Can you think of more prepositions? Can you write sentences which include some of these?
  • Find examples of onomatopoeia in the story (e.g. swishy, splash, squelch). Make a poster which teaches other people what onomatopoeia means.
  • Look at the use of exclamation marks in the story. Why have they been used? Can you think of more sentences which might have exclamation marks in them?
  • Write a new page where the family come across another hurdle.
  • Look at the description of the bear (‘One shiny wet nose! Two big furry ears! Two big goggly eyes! IT’S A BEAR!’). Choose another animal and write a similar description.
  • Watch this video of Michael Rosen performing the story. Could you perform your own reading?

  • Play the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ game. Can you design your own game based on this, or another, book and write some instructions showing others how to play it?
  • Write another story where a family visit different places and have to rush back through them after they discover something exciting!
  • Some of the sentences in the story are very short. Why has the author used such short sentences? What connectives could he have used to join some of them together?
  • Read the play version of the story. Can you rehearse and perform it to others?
  • Write a story which explains what is going to happen to the bear next.


  • Find out about bears. What types of habitat do they live in? What do they eat?
  • Can you make a food chain which includes a bear?

Design Technology

  • Look at the pop-up version of the story. Research different pop-up techniques and make your own pop-up book. Could you retell another famous book in a pop-up book?


  • Look at the use of colour in the illustrations. Can you use shading to draw some black and white pictures?
  • Find some pictures of bears and try to draw your own.


  • Can you perform a musical version of the story? Use this video for inspiration:


  • Make a list of the different types of weather that the family encounter. Find out about each type of weather? What does it feel like? How does it affect us?
  • Look at the different places that the family explore together? Can you think of similar locations near to where you live?

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Marika 3 March 2024 - 8:08 AM

Thanks for the lesson ideas! I’m going to teach the story to my 5-year-old ESL students in Talk for Writing lessons. I think adding science, geography etc. lessons will enhance their engagement and excitement to learn the story by heart.

Mark Warner 3 March 2024 - 8:14 AM

That sounds great! I hope that your lessons go well!


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