Old Mother Bear inspires lots of questions

Division 5 has been practicing asking questions as we listen to a story.  Armed with our pencils and mini notebooks, we gather at the carpet to listen to great information story books like Old Mother Bear by Victoria Miles and illustrated by Molly Bang.

So far we have read about how the mother Grizzly tunnelled a den out of the mountainside to sleep through the winter and birth her cubs.  The cubs are born and nurse and snuggle with their mother until they all emerge from the den in the spring and begin searching for food.

A sample of the great questions we had (and who asked them) as we read the first half of the book:

How do bears dig the den? (Manny)

Does it hurt when the mother feeds? (Miami)

How do the mother bears make milk? (Hajhare)

How do they feed from their mother if they can’t see? (Josiah)

How many babies do they have at one time? (Lisa)

Where is the Dad? (Hailey)

When do they leave their Mom? (Jeremiah)

How do the cubs know not to hurt each other when they play fight? (Edwin)

How long can a bear survive without food? (Ricky)

We look forward to finishing the story this week!

3 thoughts on “Old Mother Bear inspires lots of questions

  1. This book is sitting in my “read aloud” pile right now. I’ll definitely move it to the top! It’s great to see the questions some of my old students are asking! Hi Ricky! Hi Lisa! Hi Hajhare!

    • Ms. Adams! We think you will like this book. We learned a lot and are all slightly in awe of how hard mother bears work to protect and provide for their cubs. Warning – the ending is a little sad 😦

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