care for a bear

Care for a Bear

Care for a Bear
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with care (e.g., "Do care and bear rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with care.").

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bear
  • care 
  • hair 
  • pear
  • share
  • chair 
  • square


  • Yarn for lacing a bear
  • A square of fabric or paper
  • Lace-up bears* (drawn or copied onto cardstock, with holes punched at the black dots)
  • Picture of a pear*
  • Stuffed teddy bear or picture of a bear*
  • A book about bears, such as The Bears Upstairs by Jane Belk Moncure or Good as New by Barbara Douglass (optional) 

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will take care of a bear and will think of words that rhyme with care, such as bear, share, pear, wear, chair, stare, and hair.

Literacy Activities
Make a bear and take care of a bear 

  • Read a book about taking care of a bear.
  • Tell the children that you can rhyme with care: bear, pear, chair, stare, wear, square, hair, share, fair, tear 
  • Show a stuffed bear or have the children help lace up the front and back pictures of the bear (see below) and stuff the bear.
  • Comment on making and taking care of the bear:
    • Share the bear. A bear to share!
    • Take care of the bear. Do not tear the bear.
    • Put the bear on a chair or stair—a chair for a bear.
    • Do not stare at the bear.
    • Give the bear a square—a square to wear.
    • Share a pear with the bear.
    • Give the bear some hair—hair to wear.
    • Take care of the bear’s hair.
  • Point out that share, care, and tear rhyme with bear

Take care of a tear in a bear

  • Show a picture of a bear (see below) with a tear and let the children repair the tear with tape.
  • Lace up the front and back pictures of the cardstock bear, leaving a few holes open so that the children can repair the bear.
  • Let the children “repair” the bear, either by taping a tear, or by lacing the yarn through the holes. 
  • Stuff the laced bear with tissues or rags

Produce and recognize words that rhyme with bear

  • Ask the children if two words rhyme (e.g., bear, care) and repeat with other word pairs that rhyme (e.g., hair, share; wear, pear; there, care; chair, pair; tear, dare; wear, fair).
  • State two words that do not rhyme and ask the children if those words rhyme (prompt by shaking head no) (e.g., bear, table).
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and produce words that rhyme with bear.


  • Teddy bear (optional)

Activity: Care for a Bear 

  • Take turns with your child saying words that rhyme with bear (e.g., care, share, hair, pear, chair).
  • Have your child practice taking care of a bear by acting out the following: 
    • Comb the bear's hair. 
    • Let the bear eat a pear. 
    • Put the bear in my chair. 
    • Share the bear. 
    • Sit the bear on a stair.
    • Ask your child what other words rhyme with bear and repeat the rhyme words together (e.g., bear, fair, stair, chair, pear, wear, square, care, hair, tear, dare).
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.