# Storybook Guide Based on Stella Blackstone’s “Bear in a Square”

## Activity Summary

Use this storybook guide with the book “Bear in a Square.”
Many public libraries have this book.

Bear introduces different shapes on each page of the bilingual story, “Bear in a Square.” Whether he’s at home or in the park, there are squares, circles, and other shapes hidden in each scene. The number of shapes increases from one to 10, making this a good story to talk about both shapes and numbers.

#### Words to Learn

SHAPES
square, heart, circle, rectangle, moon, diamond, zigzag, oval, star

OTHER WORDS
queen, pool, cave, crown, clown

• Each shape has its own name, such as rectangle, oval, and circle.
• Shapes have specific properties that make them different from other shapes. For example, a rectangle has four sides, but an oval has no sides.
• We can recognize shapes that are of different sizes and in different positions. For example, if we turn a rectangle on its side, or every which way, it’s still a rectangle.
• Shapes are all around us!
• TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SHAPES
How many sides does a square have? What about a star?
• NOTICE THE DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN SHAPES
How do you know this is an oval? How is it different from a circle?
• TALK ABOUT THE OTHER SHAPES IN THE PICTURE
What other shapes do you see, besides the hearts?
• PRACTICE COUNTING THE NUMBER OF SHAPES ON THE PAGE
How many circles can you find?

Try to come up with some of your own questions and comments, too!

• FIND SHAPES AROUND THE HOUSE OR ALMOST ANYWHERE ELSE
Let’s look around. Do you see any triangles? What do you notice about this one? Why is it a triangle?