Where’s My Teddy? is a wonderful children’s story by Jez Alborough. In this work, a young boy discovers that his precious teddy bear has grown too big for him to cuddle! Eddie also meets a real bear whose teddy bear has grown too small! This cute story and children’s adventure story is a great way to teach elementary school students a number of important lessons. There are a number of great educational activities that can incorporate this book.
Dealing with Change Free Write
One of the most important lessons that Eddie, the young boy in the story, must learn throughout this book is how to deal with change. While Eddie has lived his life comfortably surrounding by his teddy bear, now all of a sudden his teddy bear is too big for him! This situation parallels what will happy to Eddy, who may find himself “too big” for the teddy bear when he gets older.
To create an educational activity from this book, the teacher should explain to students that Eddie has to face an unexpected change in his life through the teddy bear getting so big! The teacher should then ask students to think about a time in their life when they had to deal with change. Students will then have a quick free write, where they think about how they dealt with a change in their lives, and what they did to deal with that change. This is a great educational activity because it encourages students to think about how to deal with consequences beyond their control, as well as practice their writing skills.
The Importance of Making New Friends
Another valuable lesson from Where’s My Teddy? is the importance of making new friends, of all shapes and sizes. While Eddie could have been terrified of the bear, he still managed to get along with him, despite their differences. A teacher can use Eddie’s newfound friendship with this bear as a way to do a friendship building activity between students within the class. Students will be asked to do an activity where they go around the room, trying to find students who have done different things, such as traveled to Europe or flown on a plane. Students must use one person to fulfill each answer. This is a great way to get students to get to know each other by asking each other questions.
Another great part of this story is the beautiful artwork that accompanies it. Students should also be given an opportunity to draw their favorite scene from this story themselves. Often students will read books but not look too critically at the beautiful pictures. This will encourage students to develop their visual and artistic skills simultaneously.
These are just a few of the great activities that can be incorporated into the classroom for Where’s My Teddy? This great children’s story is sure to be loved by children and teachers alike.