Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom

Materials

  •         Pictures of a variety of clothes to make a jumping bean game
  •          One paper plate per child.

Vocabulary

Before Reading the Story

            Talk to the children about the clothing that they are wearing.   Does the time of year affect the clothing that the children are wearing?  Is anyone wearing their favorite article of clothing or their favorite color?  Did the children wear outer clothing to school today, why?  Ask the children if they ever get to pick out their clothes to wear to school? Look at the cover of the book and read the title.  Ask the children if they can guess which shirt Jesse Bear will pick to wear.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and for other varied purposes. AND Social & Emotional Development/Self Concept; begins to develop and express awareness self in terms of specific abilities, characteristics, and preferences.

Reading the Story

            As you read through the pages, stop and let the children talk about what is happening on each page and what name articles of clothing that they see.

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; shows growing interest and involvement in listening to and discussing a variety of fiction, non-fiction books, and poetry.

After Reading the Story

            After reading the story, talk to the children about some of the different items of clothes that are worn for night and day.  Then teach the children to play Jumping Bean.  To play, cut out the clothing items and glue them to strips of cardboard.  Put all the strips of cardboard into an envelope cut in half so the clothing pictures are inside the envelope.  Also include several jumping beans.  The children take turns pulling out a cardboard strip and naming the item of clothing.  If they pull out a bean they shout Jumping Bean! And everyone then jumps up and down.  The play continues until all the cardboard strips have been picked.

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; chooses to participate in an increasing variety of tasks and activities.

Discovery

            Put out bubble blowing supplies either commercial or home made.  Experiment with different kinds of blowers.  Do different shaped blowers make different shaped bubbles? What happens when you touch a bubble with a dry hand versus a wet hand? How hard must you blow to make one big bubble? Many small bubbles?

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Music and Movement

            Jessie Bear wears pants that dance.  Put on some music and let the children dance.  Pretend that your pants make you dance until the music stoops and then you freeze.

Creative Arts/Movement; expresses through movement and dancing what is felt and heard in various musical tempos and styles.

            Sing Rhyming Words Sound the Same to first 4 stanzas of The Mexican Hat Dance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Rqdgna3Yw

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(chanted) Can you think of a word that rhymes with red, pants, rose, chair, etc?

Literacy/Phonological Awareness; progresses in recognizing matching sounds and rhymes in familiar words, games, songs, stories, and poems.

Do the poem Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear but change it to Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear.

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear turn around

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear touch the ground.

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear touch your shoe

Jesse Bear, Jesse bear show me blue.

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear stretch up high

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear touch the sky.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

Blocks

            If you have colored blocks put them out today and encourage the children to talk about the colors as they build.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and vfor other varied purposes.

Art

            In the story Jessie Bear eats a variety of foods for lunch.  Let the children cut out food pictures and glue them to a paper plate.

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Library and Writing

            Use flannel board dressing dolls or find a set on the internet (look up paper dolls) and make for the children to use. https://www.designeatrepeat.com/printable-paper-dolls/ After the child has dressed the doll, talk about the names of the clothing items, the colors, what one usually does wearing that type of clothing.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and for other varied purposes.

Sand and Water

            Add water and dish soap. Give the children egg beaters and/or hand whippers to make the bubbles form.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Dramatic Play

            Encourage the children to play using night rituals and morning rituals as their theme.

Creative Arts/Dramatic Play; shows growing creativity and imagination in using materials and in assuming different roles in dramatic play situations.

Math and Manipulatives

            Play a graphing game with your children.  Make a large X on the floor using masking tape.  Explain to the children that you are going to become a human graph.  Ask all the children who are wearing Velcro shoes to stand in one area, all those wearing tie shoes to stand in another, and those with buckles.  Which has the most?  Now have the children move and divide by long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless or shirts with letters, shirts with pictures, and shirts that are solid.  Continue in this manner naming different ways to graph clothing articles and seeing which has most and least.

Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to make use of one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects. AND begins to use language to compare numbers of objects with terms such as more, less, greater than, fewer, equal to.

Outdoor Play

            Digging in the sand today with a shovel and hand. Can the children work together to make a giant moutain?

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & practices; participates actively in games, outdoor play, and other forms of exercise that enhance physical fitness. AND Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; shows increasing abilities to use compromise and discussion in working, playing, and resolving conflict with peers.

Transitions

            Ask the children to name an item of clothing that they would wear on their foot, their head, when it is cold, when it is hot, at bedtime, in the day time, on special occasions, etc.

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, task, or problem.

cut and use for jumping beans game
About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.