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Take Care of a Bear
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled, long a patterns -ear and -are.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bear
  • pear
  • tear
  • care
  • bare
  • share


  • Sentence strips
  • Bear graphic 
  • Pear graphic 
  • Clothing graphics 
  • Care for a Bear target text 
  • What Can My Bear Wear? target text 

State and Model the Objective
The children will take care of a bear and give him something to wear and then read and write words spelled with -ear (e.g., bear, wear, pear, tear) and -are (e.g., care, share, spare).
Literacy Activities 
Rare for a bear

  • Ask the children if bears usually . . . 
    • wear shoes or go barefoot.  
    • wear clothes or go bare.
    • give them a scare.
  • Comment that it is rare for a bear to wear clothes.

Help a bear decide what to wear  

  • Read the Care for a Bear target text and have the children act out the text.

Share a pear with bear

  • Have the children read the sentence strips and answer "yes" or "no." 
  • Let the children pretend to share a pear with the bear.  

More Practice 
Read target words in texts

  • Read the What Can My Bear Wear? target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you. 
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ear.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Let the children write words with the -ear pattern as you say them: bear, tear, wear, pear.
  • Let the children write words with the -are pattern as you say them: share, bare, care, dare, spare, square.
  • Have the children write about the bear (e.g., “I fixed a tear for a bear. I gave a shirt to a bear to wear.”).

SEEL Target Texts

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What Can My Bear Wear?

What can my bear wear?
His pants have a tear.
His hat has a tear.
His sock has a tear.
His shirt has a tear.
My bear has nothing to wear!
I can fix the tear in his pants.
I can fix the tear in his hat.
I can fix the tear in his sock
I can fix the tear in his pear shirt.
Now my bear has clothes to wear!

Care for a Bear

I have a bear.
I don’t have to beware—he is a paper bear.
I care for my bear.
I find my bear a shirt to wear.
I find my bear some pants to wear.
I share my spare pear with my bear. 
It is fun to care for my bear!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.