Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility
Downloadable eBook and Lesson Plan
Primary subject: Character Education
Grade Levels: K through 3
Note: It is vital that students be allowed, above all, to enjoy the book as an intriguing story. Removing the “study” element allows them to identify with the bears, and learn the meaning of responsibility in a non-threatening setting.
Objectives: Students will:
- understand the meaning of responsibility
- apply responsibility to daily life
- enrich vocabulary
Context: Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility specifically addresses the need for character education material for elementary students. In addition, it improves listening and reading skills while providing vocabulary enrichment.
Resources: We recommend that you have a copy of Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility for each reading student, student worksheets and tests (both reproducible). Very young students will need only the appropriate worksheets and tests.
Anticipatory set: At least one week before introducing the book, display the word Responsibility in large letters someplace within your room. Before distributing or reading the book, ask students if they have heard the word responsibility. Invite students to tell what they think the word means. Do not judge answers at this point. Rather, make it easy for children to give input. For older students, skip the discussion and ask them to write a definition for the word responsibility. Do not grade their definitions at this point. This is only preliminary. Students are not expected to know the definition. Distribute the books and direct students to the definition on the back of the book. They will memorize this as they proceed through the book.
Procedure: Lightness is the key. Think “fun and effective.” Allow the students the joy of discovery as they read the book together or as they listen to the teacher read it. Help them see and understand the pertinent facts. A good way to hold attention in younger children is to pause periodically for a “What do you think will happen?” type of question. Do not tell if their answers are right or wrong — simply continue reading.
Worksheets: Use the worksheet for older students, assigning a few questions at a time or the entire sheet according to schedule. Younger students will benefit from the coloring page / writing practice page. Encourage students to color the bear the color of Cubby. You may want to display the picture charts for them to see the colors.
Supplementary: Discuss the book, either in sections or at the end. The teacher should read, and be familiar with the entire book before beginning. Refer to student worksheets and tests for appropriate discussion material.
Assessment: The downloadable student test for upper students assesses understanding of the word responsibility. Students will demonstrate their understanding through completion of the definition and comprehension questions. Students will show their grasp of new vocabulary also. Youngest students will enjoy the colored picture test, through which they will demonstrate understanding by circling correct answers as the teacher reads the directions to each row of pictures.
See the Character Education Activities section of your lesson plan for a variety of inter-disciplinary classroom or home activities to bolster understanding and interest.
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Downloadable eBook: Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility Downloadable Song: The Responsibility Song – mp3 Lesson Plan For All Students 01 Lesson Plan Explanation for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 02 Classroom Activities for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 03 Bear Mask Craft for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 04 Texture Bear Craft for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility Lesson Plan For Younger Students 05 Bear Coloring / Writing Practice for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 06 Responsibility Writing Practice for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 07 Picture Test for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 08 Picture Test Key for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility Lesson Plan For Older Students 09 Worksheet for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 10 Worksheet Key for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 11 Written Test for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility 12 Written Test Key for Cubby Bear’s Big Responsibility Picture Charts: (set of 14 poster charts for display during reading and in review) 13 Cubby Bear Cover Photo 14 Bee on the dandelion 15 Bird in the blueberry bush 16 Frog in the river 17 Cubby climbing tree 18 Cubby falling from tree 19 Father Bear 20 Bear Leader 21 The bear singers 22 Ursula 23 Cubby thinking on log 24 Cubby bouncing 25 Picnic lunch 26 Kuma Supplemental Activities, Crafts,and Teaching Tools 27 Character Companions Awards, Badges, and Ornaments Craft 28 Character Companions Bookmark Craft 29 Character Companions Name Tag Craft 30 Character Companions Tree Craft 31 Character Companions Chain Craft 32 Character Companions Flower Pot Craft 33 Character Companions Photo Frame Craft 34 Character Companions Take-home Reminder Craft 35 Character Companions Party 36 Character Companions and Science 37 Character Companions Social Studies 38 Character Companions Mathematics 39 Responsibility teaching tool instruction sheet 40 “Help Wanted” sign 41 “Job Application” 42 Acceptance Letter 43 Goal ledger sheet