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Level: Primary
Grades: K-2 | Age: 5-8 | Written by: Linn McDonald
[Linn is an art educator at Oakland School in Bloomington, Illinois.]

Students will read the Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See. They will then create a picture of what they see.

Note: The original lesson involved an online virtual storybook. However, teachers could connect with other teachers from around the world and do a "What Do You See?" trade. In doing so, students will also learn the geography of other regions.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. First grade classrooms will read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, written by Bill Martin, Jr., and illustrated by Eric Carle.

  2. Each student will complete the sentence "I see a ____________ looking at me." This sentence style follows the format of the book. Students fill-in the blank with a person, place, or thing that is representative of their geographic region. An example for the midwestern part of the United States would be "I see a tractor looking at me."

  3. In art class, students will review what the role of an illustrator is, and view illustrations by Eric Carle. Students will then create an illustration of their sentence.

  4. Optional: Classroom teachers can use KinderArt's facebook page ( to locate partner classrooms to exchange drawings with.
Recommended Books/Products:
Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill, Jr. Martin, Eric Carle
The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children's bookshelves.

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