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Tuesday, October 1, 2013


There is a bear in the forest
with long dark nails.
He has a shabby coat
and a short brown tail. 

He digs in the dirt
to eat snails and grubs.
He muches all the blackberries
that he takes off our shrubs.

He stands in the river
catches fish in the steam
and he eats everything
that he's ever seen.

     What do you know about bears?  Can you write about a bear for your poem today? 
Happy October.


  1. Joy,

    I enjoyed visualizing this one all the way through. How did you get your poem to show so many facts? Do you brainstorm characteristics, create a bubble map, find a book about bear facts, or something else to get you started?

    What if the ending says that the bear has the best technique (for catching fish) that I've ever seen.

  2. Linda. I love bears. Years ago I took a two week class on bears at the San Diego Zoo taught by Sheri Augst. I owe all I know about bears to her. I then did a fun learning exercise with some children in kindergarten at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill, NC. We used brown paper bags to make a cave in the classroom so the children could experience what it was like to be a bear in his cave.

  3. Cool classroom exercise, Joy. I hope others try it.