Part One - Make an Alphabet Chart About Bears
Hang a piece of chart paper at eye level for the children. Write the letters of the alphabet in two columns, leaving room to write words next to the letters.
Tell the children that they are going to be learning about bears. Ask them what they already know. Let a few children share and then show the class the book about bears that you have chosen to use. I like Bears: Paws, Claws and Jaws because it doesn't have too much text for younger children, it has interesting photographs and it talks about all eight types of bears, where they live, what they eat and more. This book is still a little long to read to preschoolers in one sitting, so you'll probably want to break this part of the lesson into two days.
Show the students the alphabet chart and tell them that later in the week, they will be working on making a class book about bears. To help prepare, ask them to listen as you for important words and phrases relating to the animals as you read. Begin reading the first page. After you have finished the first page ask the children, if they heard anything they want to add to the chart. Add any words or phrases to the chart next to the corresponding letter and continue reading. Stop after each page or section and add words to the chart. If you are breaking the lesson into two days stop halfway through the book and resume the following day.
After you have finished reading the book, go back and review the chart. If there are any letters that are blank, encourage the children to think of words or phrases to go with them. Help them with the trickier letters. try to help make sure the words on the chart cover the important facts about bears, the types, their habitats, diet and habits. F might be for forests, the habitats of black bears. B could have bamboo for the diet of Giant Pandas and brown and black for two types of bears. S might have sloth bear, which is both the name of a group of bears and a type of bear.