~ A Short Literature Unit
Study from the book:
THE BEAR THAT HEARD CRYING
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock & Helen Kinsey
This short Literature Unit Study is free for you
to use and enjoy. We enjoyed the
book so much. Our children really did too. And because we had so much
fun with this book, we thought we'd
share just a few ideas with you.
As with any unit - there will be ideas
you won't want to use or those you want
to shorten. Please feel free to use what you
like. And prayerfully these few ideas
will help you become creative and come up with a
few of your own, too! This study is
geared for ages approximately 4 to 10.
This book is a true story about Sarah
Whitcher who at the age of three wandered
from home and was lost for three days. The
author is a distant relative of Sarah
Whitcher which always makes a book a little
more personal and special.
For a child who is interested, find out what else
happened around 1783.
Find out what the home of Sarah may have looked like.
Discuss how this type of
home is either similar or different from yours (i.e. how it
is heated, no electricity,
phones etc). It may be fun to find pictures in a history
book to look at of the time
period. Notice the dress styles, the type of transportation
they used, how they lived,
ate and spent their leisure time.
Have your child draw/trace a map of New Hampshire. Find
where Warren, New Hampshire is
and label it on your map. Depending on age of your child
they may like to draw and
color the NH State Flag, the State Bird and Flower. An
older child may enjoy
drawing in the mountains of their map and labeling the State
Capital and other large
cities and rivers or lakes.
Click here for a Blank
Map of NH:
Click here for a Detailed Map
Figure out how long ago Sarah Whitcher lived.
How many days was Sarah lost? How many hours?
In the story they baked a bushel of beans. How much is a
bushel in quarts? In pounds?
In the story it talked about the different wildlife that
Sarah encountered wandering in the wilderness (i.e. trout, squirrels, jays,
trees, flowers etc) talk about these and find pictures of
some to look at.
Sarah ate some wild berries in the woods.
Find pictures and talk about wild strawberries, blackberries and other wild
edible plants. Take a walk in the woods and find a few foods that
could be eaten if necessary.
Black Bears - A Black Bear came and kept
Sarah warm. Find a book on Black Bears to look at and learn more about them.
Find out where they live and how they live.
Animal Tracks - Learn to identify some
animal tracks. Get a good Field Guide or visit the website below to find tracks
to many animals. It also has info on different animals (even Black Bears):
Go into your own woods and find some
tracks of animals. If your child shows interest make a plaster cast of a track
or two. At this website you'll find info on making such a plaster cast:
It may be fun to make a short little
booklet on your nature adventures - fill it with nature pictures, leaves,
pictures or drawings of animals tracks and wild edible plants.
Have your child retell the story to you. Write it out
while your child tells it. Then Rewrite it in large print in a booklet form for
your child to "read" back to you. Some children are too young for this activity
so just rewrite the story and put in their nature booklet.
Some children may want to take their narration and make
a "Book" out of it.
You can get information on how to make a real hardback type
book with your child
from the book
"Creating Books with Children". Excellent idea if your child is interested.
Talk about how the author is a distant
relative of Sarah Whitcher. And how this
given her inspiration to write the story like she/they did.
Read the "Author's Note"
from the beginning of the book together.
Discuss some of the descriptive words
from the story like:
"the wind moaned"
~discuss how descriptive words add life to a story
and make it so much more interesting.
Read the book "Sarah Whitcher's Story"
if your child shows interest for more information.
BIBLE & CHARACTER BUILDING
Sarah disobeyed. Discuss disobedience and how important
it is to follow instructions even when we don't want to or understand.
Find some Bible Stories of people who
were far from home and how God took care
of them. The Story of Elijah is just a story on how God took
care of Elijah feeding him through Ravens.
Another story is Joseph being sold into
Egypt. While neither Joseph nor Elijah disobeyed God they still felt the
loneliness of being separated and alone in an
unfamiliar place and God did take care of them - like He did
It's important to understand that God
always tries to help us even when we don't
listen to Him. But by not listening to Him - we put
ourselves in harms way and it
doesn't always turn out
pleasant. For a Bible Story of someone who disobeyed God -
try reading the story of Jonah.
Or you can listen to the
Bible Stories on Audio Tape
Find a Prayer of Thanksgiving in Psalms
to read. Think about how happy the
family was to be reunited again. Think of how happy Jesus
will be when we (His family) will
be in heaven with Him someday soon when He returns.
Character Building Books
ARTS & CRAFTS
Make an Animal Track Rug - this website
gives all the information. The details
show how to do it on vynil, but you can do it on a rug too.
Footprint Rug Craft:
Paint and/or draw a picture of a Black
Bear in the woods on a large white sheet of
IN THE KITCHEN
Make some of the foods Sarah may have enjoyed when she
finally was returned
Make things like:
Hasty Pudding (a corn pudding)
Corn Bread with Honey
Make a dessert with berries - for instance
Written by: Joan LaCelle
Copyright of LaCelle Family Ministries 9199 Howd Road, Camden, NY 13316
Permission is granted to use this Literature Unit is granted to any family or
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For More Animal Track Fun:
Short unit on Animal Tracks: