Sample Storytelling Plan

We're Going on a Bear Hunt 
Author  -   Michael Rosen -  Illustrator - Helen Oxenbury 

1. Set guidelines for listening.
2. Introduce the storybook, author and illustrator.
3. Have students participate in a short pantomime or role play to share their knowledge about bears. The teacher instructs students to think about the habits and actions of bears. When a signal is given, all the students in the class, pantomime (silent actions) or role play (sounds maybe added) their independent reflections. The teacher observes the action for approximately one minute and gives a signal to return to the gathering spot. A few volunteers are invited to demonstrate their drama in order to share their background knowledge about bears. The remainder of the class explains the actions demonstrated.
4. Students are given instructions in order to complete the story as an echo talking tale.
a) teacher demonstrates patting one knee then the other knee alternately with each hand
b) teacher demonstrates saying one line of the story out loud patting knees at the same time while the class listens
c) teacher instructs students to repeat the same line back to him/her doing actions at the same time (echo)
d) teacher instructs students to practice this pattern for two or three lines
e) teacher instructs students to follow the rhythm, say lines as an echo and do the actions, just as in a game of follow the leader, throughout the story.
5. Complete the story as an echo talking tale.
6. Have students identify the patterns in the story.

Related Activities

Choose one or more of the activities listed below to complete before, during, or after reading or telling the story of ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ The coded letters will help you to choose. More than one letter indicates further choice.
    B indicates it can be completed before reading or telling the story
    D indicates it can be completed during the reading or telling of the story.
    A indicates it can be completed after the reading or telling of the story.

Conduct a discussion about bears. Have students share their background knowledge
and experiences about this animal. Consider the following suggestions:
a) discuss different kinds of bears
b) discuss different habitats
c) discuss types of food that would be eaten
d) discuss seasonal habits

Students complete the story as an echo talking tale.
a) teacher demonstrates patting one knee then the other knee alternately with each
hand
b) teacher demonstrates saying one line of the story out loud patting knees at the
same time while the class listens
c) teacher instructs students to repeat the same line back to him/her doing actions at
 the same time
d) teacher instructs students to practice this pattern for two or three lines
e) teacher instructs students to follow the rhythm, say lines as an echo, and do the
 actions just as in a game of follow the leader throughout the story.

Have students create a story map illustrating different obstacles the story characters
must go over, under, or through.

                          Many more activities are available in the guide

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