retell literacy center activity – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

What do you love about your literacy center time? I love that our active literacy centers, like the retell center keep my kinders engaged in positive reading habits. This is how I created a ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear’ retell activity to go in our retell center as an option for my kindergarten students. It was a combination of printing and adding velcro! My kinders get to choose the book(s) they want to retell while they are at this literacy center. They read, they act, they use lots of great vocabulary and are developing fantastic reading habits all while continuing to build their love of reading.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear Retell (Literacy Center Activity)

KindergartenWorks: retell literacy center activity - Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

It’s one of my favorite literacy centers and we usually introduce Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear in the fall. I like using this when my students are familiar with Brown Bear.

Here are the props I gathered rather inexpensively (and you can too) to bring the book alive once we knew it by heart. As a side note, the beanie babies were donated but I know you can easily find them at a garage sale or choose one from the plastic ones at the dollar store! I printed a set of clipart from an online site and added a square of velcro to the back. I wanted to focus on sequencing and looking at chunks of words in the animal sounds, and make it less about the “re-enacting.” I created a large laminated poster with velcro spots for each of the animals. It folds up to go in the basket with the retell items when done.

Go back to read the Retell Literacy Center Directions {in case you missed it}

KindergartenWorks: retell literacy center activity - Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

You can make this kindergarten activity yourself! Here are the materials you’ll need…

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More Retell Literacy Center Book Activities for Kindergarten

Brown Bear, Brown Bear,
What Do You See?
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Fresh Fall Leaves
Big Pumpkin
Cinderella
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
The Little Red Hen
The Very Quiet Cricket
Red Riding Hood
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Hansel and Gretel
The Gingerbread Man
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Fat Cat Cookie’s Week
The Doorbell Rang
The Three Little Pigs
Swimmy
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About Leslie atKindergartenWorks

Leslie is the author of KindergartenWorks. She teaches kindergarten students how to be pretty incredible along with teaching them to read, write and think for themselves. She enjoys graphic design, learning new things and sharing with teachers. Google+

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