This is a cute story about a boy named Johnny and the problems his pet bear causes. At first, Johnny is determined to hunt down a bear so he can hang the skin on his barn like all his neighbors, but things change when he befriends the small cub he finds. Unfortunately, the bear grows very quickly and begins to take food from the other animals, ruining crops, and even disturbing the neighbors. Johnny tries to get the bear to return to the forest, but it just keeps coming back to Johnny. It looks like he might have to shoot a bear after all! The story is told with a few sentences on every other page and illustrated with black and white drawings. ~ Rachel S.
Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.
Worksheets in this guide are for Nice New Neighbors, The Biggest Bear, Ox-Cart Man, A Chair for My Mother, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little House, The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Dr. DeSoto and The Velveteen Rabbit.
If given a choice, most young readers will choose a book over a "reader" style collection of stories. Why? The stories are interesting, the illustrations engaging, and they seem more "manageable". Okay, so why not teach reading comprehension and beginning literature skills using wonderful children's books? Maybe because you don't want to invest in study guides for each book. Or maybe because you think there needs to be just a little more organized coverage of skills than you might come up with on your own. Or, maybe you just haven't found the right resource. Well, Logos Press has answered all these "maybes" by creating worksheets to go along with some great children's literature. These reproducible worksheets are compiled into spiral bound books and incorporate both the answers and notes for the teacher. Children have seven kinds of questions to answer: matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawing a picture, listing, vocabulary definitions, and essay-type. Beginning Literature 1 and 2 includes worksheets for each book plus a sample reading comprehension worksheet that functions as a book report form identifying and describing main characters as well as listing the book's happenings at the beginning, middle, and end. These worksheets provide an excellent introduction to literature studies and reading comprehension by encouraging both thinking about the reading selection and expressing those thoughts in a cohesive manner. A grading label (for reading, English, and spelling) is included on each worksheet. The teacher's instructions include guidelines for grading, and a complete answer key is included.