This timeless classic from Michael Rosen is a tale of adventure and intrigue, following a father and his family’s journey in search a bear. Along the way, the family encounter a series of obstacles, but the family always find a way to conquer each obstacle.
Rosen’s poetic style lends itself well to this text, providing a repetitive chorus that is memorable and begs for the story to be read aloud. Children will enjoy creating their own actions too, re-enacting the family’s treacherous journey.
Within schools, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt can be used across many subjects in the classroom:
Habitats – Where do bears live? What do their homes look like?
Food Chains –Create a food chain that includes a bear.
Pop-Ups– Create a pop-up book version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
Structures- Create a bear cave.
Composition – Compose a soundtrack for the story.
Shading – Look at the use of colour in the illustrations. Children can use shading to draw black and white pictures.
Observation – Find pictures of bears and draw your own.
Narrative – Children can continue the story, adding another obstacle that the family have to overcome.
Onomatopoeia – Children can create an onomatopoeia poster, using examples from the story to help them.
Commas – Children can make a list of items that they might need if they on a bear hunt with their family.
Prepositions – Are there other ways that the family can overcome the obstacles? Use prepositions to help explain your answers.
Conjunctions – Can you use conjunctions to like two sentences together in the story?
Prediction – What is going to happen to the bear next?
Performance Poetry – Create your own actions to Michael Rosen’s story.
Ultimately, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a versatile text that can be incorporated into learning in a variety of different ways and leaves children with a lasting message:
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you, you just have to find a way around them.”