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Lesson Plan: Hibernation (Reading, Grade K)

bear hibernation

Subject:  Reading

Grade: K

Lesson Objective: To read the book, Bear Snores On, and then answer questions about the book

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.




  • Do you know what hibernation is?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Hibernation is when an animal or plant spends the winter sleeping or resting.
  • Why do you think animals hibernate?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Animals hibernate because they cannot find food to eat in the winter.  Animals such as bears, frogs, woodchucks and chipmunks all eat plants, berries or nuts. 
  • Plants, berries and nuts do not grow in the winter and so if the animals did not hibernate, they would have nothing to do.
  • Instead, they spend the fall eating and storing as much food as they can.  As the days get shorter and colder, they know that it is time to hibernate.
  • They find a place to hibernate and then sleep through the winter.
  • Different animals hibernate in different places.  Frogs hibernate in the bottom of lakes and toad hibernate underground.  Chipmunks and woodchucks dig burrows underground that they hibernate in.
  • Bears hibernate in dens that they dig or in caves that they find.
  • Today, we are going to read the book, Bear Snores On.  Raise your hand if you have read this book before.
  • Some of you have heard this book before and for some of you it will be new. 
  • After you listen to the story, we are going to do a worksheet together.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



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

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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