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BLAST Early Learning
Splendid Friends: Polar Bears and Geese

Books:

A Splendid Friend Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.

 

Duck and GooseDuck & Goose by Tad Hills

Duck and Goose learn to work together to take care of a ball, which they think is an egg.

 

Rhyme:

Polar Bear, Polar Bear

Polar bear, Polar bear, turn around
Polar bear, Polar bear, touch the ground
Polar bear, Polar bear, dance on your toes
Polar bear, Polar bear, touch your nose
Polar bear, Polar bear, show your paws
Polar bear, Polar bear, hide your claws
Polar bear, Polar bear, scratch your head
Polar bear, Polar bear, go to bed
Polar bear, Polar bear, say good-night
Polar bear, Polar bear, turn out the light
Polar bear, Polar bear, wake up now,
Polar bear, Polar bear, take a bow

Try the rhyme again, replacing “Polar Bear” with “Goosy Goose” — and changing your actions accordingly!

 

Song:

I Like You

I like you, I like you

Yes I do, Yes I do

Friends are for sharing

Friends are for caring

I like you, yes I like you

 

Vocabulary Word:

indeed : adverb:  truly, really

Example:  “You are my splendid friend.  My splendid friend indeed.”

taken from  A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

 

Activities:

Bear and Goose Texture Painting

Need: Bear and goose cutouts on cardstock, tempera paint (no more than three colors), texture tools (sponge pieces, feathers, sandpaper scraps, fabric scraps, cotton balls, fake fur scraps, leaves, etc.)
Directions: Pour small amounts of paint into separate shallow trays or plates, and then split up the texture tools among each color.  The children can use the tools of their choice to paint their bears and geese.

Polar Bear Blubber Experiment

Need: Bucket of ice water, rubber gloves, small plastic bags, vegetable oil, paper towels, a nonfiction book open to a page about polar bears and blubber.
Directions: Fill a bucket with ice water.  Have each child put one hand in a glove and then in a baggie full of
vegetable oil.  Have them put both hands (one hand now surrounded by the baggie of oil, one hand bare) in the bucket.  Ask the children, “How do your hands feel?  Which hand is colder?  Which hand is warmer?  Why do you think that is?”  Have a large stack of paper towels ready, and a sink with soap nearby, for cleaning up the oil.

Animal Tracks

Need: Copies of polar bear and goose track templates, a yard stick (or several)
Directions: Measure out marks on the floor to show the stride lengths of a polar bear and goose step and show the tracks beside each.  Ask the children, “How many of your steps fit in a polar bear stride?  How many goose steps fit in your stride?  Which is bigger?  Which is smaller?”

Friendship Bracelet

Need: Froot Loops, Cheerios, or another hoop shaped cereal, heavy string or twine
Directions: Give each child two pieces of string, each about 10 inches long.  If you have several options, let each child choose the type of edible hoops they want to include.  An adult should pass just enough of each to every child to prevent germ spreading.  Have the children string the hoops onto each string, and then tie the ends to make two bracelets.  Explain that they may keep one

 

Literature:

Polar Bear Polar Bear

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear
by Bill Martin Jr.

Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.

 

GossieGossie by Olivier Dunrea
Gossie is a gosling who likes to wear bright red boots every day, no matter what she is doing, and so she is heartbroken the day the boots are missing and she can't find them anywhere.

 

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a FriendScaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he's afraid of the unknown, finds someone perfectly safe to make friends with. Join him on his journey to friendship.

 

The Red BookThe Red Book by Barbara Lehman
The Red Book crosses oceans and continents to deliver one girl into a new world of possibility, where a friend she's never met is waiting.