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Literature Unit Study for A Bear Called Paddington (31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas)

This post is part of the 31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas series. You can find all of the books in the series here. If you'd like to use this book as a literature unit, you can find a FREE printable guide below.

The book I'm sharing today became one of my favorites when I was a third grader. I distinctly remember it because my Christmas that year include the whole series of these books as well as an accompanying stuffed animal made by my mom. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond had become a well-loved book when it was first shared with me, and for Christmas that year I got the whole first series. I still love the Paddington series, and I've shared many of them with my own kids. This unit study is a little different from the previous ones in the series. I'm still sharing extension ideas to go along with the book. But I'm structuring things a little differently. The Paddington books are a series of stories about the wild adventures and scrapes of little Paddington, with each chapter sharing a new story. I've structured this study to include several ideas to complete along with each chapter. Although the book could easily be read aloud even to younger kids, the lengthier descriptions have usually made it better for mid-upper elementary.

Literature unit study ideas for A Bear Called Paddington

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







The story

The Brown family is at Paddington Station in London to pick up their children from school when they come across a small bear. With no one around to take responsibility for him, they discover that he has a tag: "Please look after this bear." As it turns out, he's come from Darkest Peru from his Aunt Lucy. The Browns take pity on him and decide to take him home. But even before they can leave the station, Paddington has quite an experience with a bun and some tea.

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







The story

Paddington arrives at the home of the Browns- Number 32 Windsor Gardens. He's rather sticky from his tea time adventures, so the Brown's daughter, Judy hurries him upstairs for a bath. Left to his own devices, even bath time can be a hazard for Paddington.

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







The story

Paddington needs to be outfitted as a proper English gentleman, um, bear. So he heads off on a shopping trip with the ladies of the house. When they enter the underground railway station, Paddington immediately steps in trouble.

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







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Paddington finally makes it into the shops, but, as always, things seem to go wrong. He's not particularly agreeable about some of his new clothing. And trouble really pops up when he unknowingly falls into a window display.

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







The story

Paddington has learned about "Old Master" paintings from his friend Mr. Gruber. He's excited to find that, occasionally, under a modern painting, there is a classic from a famous artist. He's so excited about the idea that he, unfortunately, decides to do his own checking for an Old Master...on a painting Mr. Brown is entering into an art contest.

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







The story

Paddington's first trip to the theater turns into an adventure for the whole family. Paddington enjoys the play so much that it seems real to him. Wanting to rescue the heroine of the play, Paddington seeks out the adversarial character during intermission to try to right the wrongs.

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







The story

The Browns take Paddington on his first trip to the seaside. From trouble with a photographer to a sand castle contest to an unexpected voyage, Paddington once again finds adventure.

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Literature unit: A Bear Called Paddington- science, history, and fine arts connections







The story

The Browns honor Paddington's birthday. His gift is a magic set because he's been quite interested in magic shows he's seen. They throw a birthday party for him, inviting his friend Mr. Gruber. Their crotchety neighbor- who isn't a fan of Paddington- invites himself because of the food. When Paddington presents a magic show for his guests, things don't go exactly as planned.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm trying to download the free printable guide for A Bear Called Paddington, but I'm not able to get anything. When I click the link, I get a pop-up asking me to sign up for your freebies. I have done that several times, but still can't find/access/download the guide that I want. Help?

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