Mini Picturebook Lesson 12: Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen

Notes

SynopsisNorman is a bear who loves honey. He disguises himself as a bee to enter Bee School where he hopes he will have an endless supply of honey.
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LET’S START

  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for your Bumblebear or Bumble-Creature:  paper, coloured pens and pencils  
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookWhat do you see on the front cover? Creatures, colours, shapes, facial expressions.
LookCount the bees.  What do you notice about some of the bees?
ThinkLook at the title. Replace the final two letters ‘ar’ with ‘e’.  What word do you get?
ResearchWhat do bees make?
ResearchWhat is one thing bears love to eat?
CheckLook up the word ‘tricky’.  Can you think of another word for ‘tricky’?  How do you say ‘tricky’ in your language?
CheckLook up the word ‘suspicious’.  How do you say ‘suspicious’ in your language?
PredictWhy do you think the bear is disguised as a bee?

Step 2: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
What is the bear’s name and what does he love?
 What is Norman’s brilliant idea?
 Who is the ‘new bee’ at bee school?
 Where does the ‘new bee’ say he is from?
 What do the bees learn at bee school?
What is the name of the bee who is suspicious about Norman?
 What other creatures like honey?
 What happened when the suspicious bee took Norman to the
bee’s secret honey store?
 Why was Norman asked to leave bee school?
 What happened later that night?
 How did Norman save the bees?

Step 3: Add your Voice

ReviewRemember the different things the bees learn at bee school. 
CreateDraw or make your own bumblebear or another ‘bumble creature’ costume.
(see link below)
CreateMake your own bumblebear daily planner. (see download)
MoveDo your own ‘buzzing practice’ and ‘waggle dancing’ like a bee.
ResearchFind out five facts about bees. See if you can find out something about
the ‘waggle dance’. 
ResearchFind out three reasons why honey is good for you.
ThinkWhy do you think Nadin Shareen chose the title ‘The Bumblebear’?
ThinkWhat do you think is the message of this story?
Your opinionDo you think Norman is a hero or a villain?
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story?  Why?
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.

THE END

How to draw a bee dressed up as a bear: The Guardian

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

The Bumblebear by Nadia Shareen, published by Jonathan Cape 2016

Video © Puffin Time for Stories

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