There is no secret- I love reading-- and I love a book that enraptures so many young readers at one time and can be recommended to anybody. Soldier Bear captures the boys attention with war, the girls with a sweet bear- and ties in everybody that it is a true story. I have never read a book that so eloquently paints the a picture of war for a wide audience to grasp onto. Soldier Bear transcends grade levels and is a story I will read with my students year after year.
I read this book aloud to my class and had them participate in numerous activities throughout. It was just about the sweetest thing watching them connect with not only the book but with history. This book can be a spring board for so many topics especially with literacy and history- but even math and science.
I hope you add this book into your amazon cart now. It will be one of the sweetest books you read. There are a TON of videos and pictures of Voytek on the internet which just makes the book come to alive even more!
Here are a few of things we did:
Choose 5 words to descibe Soldier Bear and then use apps or taxedo/wordle to make a word cloud. (check out my other post about this)
We created sticky notes for the whole book as apart of the book trailer process and how to summarize each chapter. From that we created a mini book retelling the story as well as a book trailer
Voytek becomes the mascot for the 22nd Polish Army Cop. Students decided what animal would represent them as a mascot and why. They wrote why they chose that animal and how they are alike that animal and then created their design.
To analyze the character of Voytek. We looked at his external and internal characteristics and how they impacted the other. Character x-rays are powerful and allow students to closely read the text.
I developed a book study and critical literacy activities to use with my students that can be used for students across multiple grades and disciplines.It can be found here. There are many activities in the pack that are better suited for older/mature students- such as using QR codes to investigate Poland during WWII and the Battle of Mote Cassino.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as we did. The story is timeless and truly amazing!!!