Winter Mentor Text

I hope everyone has been enjoying their winter break! This week flew by with lots of family and friends time which has been wonderful. Today I'm linking up with the girls over at Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text with a winter theme. I have a whole lot of winter books in my classroom library- probably because winter in Chicago lasts for months on end- so this is a little tough for me to narrow down, but I'm going to share a book called Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson.  

This author has several books about Bear and they are all adorable! This story is all about Bear getting lost in the woods and how he searches and searches for his cave. His friends thankfully put out a search party for him and they end up finding him and they all get back home together. This book could be used for teaching a lesson on friendship and helping others, but I actually used it to concentrate on setting.

Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

I want to make sure that my little friends are able to cite the text for evidence as we read together to meet the rigor of the Common Core Standards. So, this book worked perfectly as a way to concentrate specifically on setting because the characters spend so much time in the woods. While reading the story, we stopped and wrote words/sentences to describe the setting and included the page where the description was found (citing evidence!). My little friends also included a picture to match their describing words. Just by having the addition of "page #" on this graphic organizer, it makes my little friends go back and find exactly where the information was in the text. I think their pictures turned out almost as cute as the pictures in the actual story! You can check out this Identifying the Setting- Using Key Details pack here

Off to find other great books for winter! 

Have a great day!


  1. Aw how cute! We love the Bear books, even if they aren't really 4th grade level, we make it so! I love that they do their own drawings and have to use the text!! How fun!!

    (I wish we had a little of your winter down here in GA, but not so much!!)
    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. My kids love the bear books! Don't have this one yet!

    The Math Maniac

  3. I love the bear books - just found one in a pile of my daughter's Christmas books : )
    Love that they have to use the page number - what a great skill to start teaching early!!

  4. Love the Bear books from Karma Wilson....always a feel good book. I am not envious of your winters. I don't know what snow looks like, but I know I don't like cold. I'm a wimp! Lol!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. I actually have a ton of these books at my listening center or in my library from Scholastic, but I've honestly never read them. Guess it's about time!

    Literacy Spark

  6. I do not have the bear books! Thank you for the suggestion. They look cute and it sounds like they are very popular! Happy New Year!
    Conversations in Literacy


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