If you have been reading my posts for awhile, then you know I love using great literature in my lessons! ..and you also know that I love creating a template and building on it so as to squeeze as much out of my time, as possible! Well, today’s post accomplishes both!!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle is a classic! It is simple to read and the kids love it! I have found that even my tiny littles, who can’t sit for very long, will stay and listen with a look of interest. It is incredible!

When I was teaching in Cambridge, MA, I composed a melody to it. (You can read it HERE.) I enjoy singing stories to children to model, as well as to entertain and this book worked perfectly!

This story can be used with a bit of the Hello Extended Lesson. (Refer to pages 14-17 in our FREE eBook How To Teach Music Basics And Beat The Clock! You can sign up on HERE at the bottom of the page.) Instead of changing the sound length of the word “do”, you can change the sound length of the word “see” in the second measure.

You can also have kids create a Phase 1 composition or a short 4/4 mm rhythm for each animal to be sung or played when each is mentioned. If you really want to have some fun, have kids make the sound of that animal instead of singing or playing an instrument! This could get very silly very fast!! Enjoy!!