As many of you know, I like to make visuals to pair with books I read with my students. I think having pictures for the students to add to the books while we read them makes it more engaging and motivating for my students. I made some visuals to pair with some of my favorite Eric Carle books which include “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?”, “Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?”, and “Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See?” If you are like me and work with younger students you have probably read these books several times! I wanted to share these book visuals for you to use with your students.
The book I use the most is probably “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” I like that it focuses on one color concept and animal per page. This is often one of the first books I will use with some of my younger students when they start in my program. I use the same strategies with any of these 3 books. As I read the book I point to the animal in the book. For example, as I read the first page “brown bear, brown bear what do you see?” I point to the bear in the book and try to have my students point to the bear too. Then I have my student find the bear picture and attach it in the book. I put a piece of hard Velcro in the book and soft Velcro on the back of the pictures so the pictures will stay in the book.
Then I wait until after I turn the page to say the next animal such as “I see a red bird looking at me.” I do this because I want the student to see the picture and associate it with the words I say. I say the color and animal words again as I point to the animal in the book. Repetition and simple language is key with these students. Many time I have to give my student a visual choice of 2 pictures to select from and match it to the picture in the book. At this stage it is just matching but it gets my students looking at the book and then to the pictures I’m holding. If I have to the first time or two I read the book I may give the student the correct picture to put on if they can’t visually discriminate at this point or have difficulty attending to the task. When they attach the picture in the book they might attend to the page briefly but it is a start.
I like the repetition of this book because it often enables some of my students to participate in the book reading. They might also know some of the animal or color concepts. We often lightly tap the picture in the book as we say the words such as “green frog, green frog what do you see?” then we point to our eyes as we say “see”. Many times my students will say the word “see” for that part in the book which is awesome especially for some of my limited verbal students any words or word approximations are amazing.
Sometimes when I turn the page I get animated and say “what do you see?” and the student might name the picture or say the sound that animal makes. I did this the other day with one of my students and she is a limited verbal communicator and when I turned the page to the horse picture she made a horse sound spontaneously which was so awesome. I felt like it was a huge success because she often has trouble attending to activities and engaging with me so when I turned the page and she said “neigh, neigh” I was so happy. Then she was able to select the horse picture from a visual field of 2 pictures and attach it in the book.
You can do the same thing with the other Eric Carle books. The animal concepts from the other 2 books are more difficult which is why I start with the Brown Bear book first. I do like that the Polar Bear book focuses on the different animal sounds which some students think are funny. We point to our ears when we say “hear” for each page in this book. Even my non-verbal students will sometimes imitate me and touch their ears….anything to gain some joint attention I consider a success. You can have your students practice roaring like a lion!
I like how the books focus on one animal per page and there is nothing else on the page to distract the students. The Polar Bear book helps the student learn some of those common zoo animals. You can also provide descriptive concepts for each animal such as the zebra has “stripes” or “black and white stripes”. Lots of ways to model descriptive concepts while reading this book. The elephant is “big” or the flamingo has “long legs”.
The Panda Bear Book is good to model new animal vocabulary terms that are not as common and familiar to some of my students. I often read all these books a couple times with my students so they hear those animal names. It’s always fun to pair a simple animal craft after you read the book. The students can make panda bears, penguins, or sea turtles after reading the book.
If you are interested in these free book visuals click the link: Eric Carle Book Visuals – Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Panda Bear