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Lesson Plan: Hibernation (Reading - Grade 2)

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To read the book, Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep and answer questions about the story

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.




  • What does it mean when an animal hibernates?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Today we are going to be talking about hibernation.  Hibernation is a period of time when an animal sleeps or does very little activity. 
  • Some animals hibernate all winter and some animals hibernate for only a few weeks.
  • Most people think of bears when they think of animals hibernating, but bears are not the only animals that hibernate.  Turtles, hedgehogs, skunks, chipmunks, bats, frogs, mice and snakes are some of the other animals that hibernate.
  • Animals that hibernate have a den or burrow that they can go in to sleep.  That den or burrow usually has food that the animal has collected to eat throughout the winter.
  • You are now going to be listening to a story about hibernation.
  • As you listen to the story, I want you to be thinking about what the bear is doing that you would expect him to do and what the bear is doing that you would not expect him to do.
  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about the story you just heard. 
  • After you have finished doing the worksheet, we will talk about your answers.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share.)

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