Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is another great book for ESL kids. All kids love animals, each animal has a color and there is a lot of repetition. After a few animals, kids get the repetition and will start to chant along with you as you read and they will get used to hearing/saying sentences in the correct order. For example children in Italy often say the noun and adjective backward in a sentence (bear brown), since that is how the sentence is structured in Italian.
As usual we have a game to go along with the story- It’s Brown Bear Bingo:
We play this game a little differently than regular bingo. Since animals make different sounds for different countries, try it like this: Instead of calling out the animal and then covering the space, when you fish out a maker, keep it hidden and make the animals sound. The first person to raise his hand and say the correct animal’s name and color wins the maker and can cover that space on his board (only one person wins a marker at a time). The exception to this is for mother and children, since these are a bit harder for kids, instead of saying what they are, we just turn the card around and whoever says the correct answer first wins the marker.
The first person to cover the whole board wins.
*Variation-play as we have explained above, but instead of raising the kids raising their hands and shouting the answer, if you have plush toys for each animal (even of the wrong color)-have the players sit in a circle, the animals go in the center, the first person to grab the correct animal and say it’s name wins the marker. If a player grabs the incorrect animal, he does not get the marker (and its put back into the pile to be fished out again). If a player grabs the right animal, but says the incorrect name or doesnt know the name, he does not get a marker, the marker goes back into the pile. If the player grabs the animal and it’s not on his card, he does not get the marker, it goes back into the pile and he loses one of his marker on the board.
Enough with the rules, let’s get playing! Here are the boards:
*variation-take out pairs from the markers and use them for a memory game- two games in one, what a deal!