There are eight kinds of bears: nine if you count teddy bears! All Kinds of Bears: An Integrated Curriculum Unit for Elementary School is a practical guide to inquiry or project-based learning about bears, all kinds of bears. The book will be useful to teachers who want to try inquiry based learning in their classrooms, extending the work on bears into all curriculum areas.
All Kinds of Bears: An Integrated Curriculum Unit for Elementary School offers a basic guide to the inquiry learning process for those teachers who haven’t tried it before, or as a framework to aid students who have not used it. Or even, giving a new slant or perspective to teachers who have used it in the past.
In addition, there are many ideas given for complementary activities about bears in all curriculum areas, including math, creative writing, science and technology, drama, music and art as well as health and physical education.
There’s an introduction to simple debating, there are games and songs, a drama lesson plan for older students and a simple one for young ones. There’s even a fun unit for the early years when students bring their teddy bears to school, during which time much of their work is centred round the teddy bears in the room. Worksheets for classroom use are included.
A chapter on evaluation completes the unit, giving sample rubrics for assessment and an outline of higher thinking skills to observe, facilitated by the inquiry learning process. A sample for student self-evaluation is also there.