Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Challenger kindergarteners learn all about bears


SPRING HILL — Challenger K-8 kindergarten teacher Margie Yurtinus likes to have a teddy bear picnic early each school year as a culmination to a bear-themed unit. Her students are invited to bring teddy bears, or other beloved stuffed toys, from home for the day.

Yurtinus has a knack for intertwining all manner of lessons into this fun activity. For one thing, she has a real bear that was prepared by a taxidermist — a gift from a parent — that she brings in from home.

The thick fur, the sharp teeth and the long claws are right there for the children to see. Throughout the unit, the children learn about a bear's excellent sense of smell and hearing, but limited sight.

The bear and facts about it are a science lesson. Yurtinus also includes literature, math, reading and writing in the unit. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, for example, is a familiar and comfortable story she uses that contrasts fantasy with real bears.

No special event in Yurtinus' classroom is complete without treats, and this is where parents are so valuable to her and the children. The students, adorned with bear headbands, enjoyed "bear fare" — blueberries, red raspberries, strawberries, berry kabobs, blueberry and strawberry muffins, blueberry scones, berry pie and mixed berry juice.

Challenger kindergarteners learn all about bears 09/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 3:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. [National Hurricane Center]
  2. With successful jewelry line, Durant High alum Carley Ochs enjoys 'incredible ride'



    As a child Carley Ochs played dress up, draped in her grandmother's furs.

    Founder Carley Ochs poses for a portrait in her Ford Bronco at the Bourbon & Boweties warehouse in Brandon, Fla. on September 19, 2017. Ochs is a Durant High and Florida State University graduate.
  3. Photo of the Day for September 20, 2017 - Where did Mom go?

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Stan Wooldridge of Temple Terrace, FL.

  4. Video: Maddon, in return to Trop, says Rays need new stadium

    The Heater

    Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, now with the Chicago Cubs, speaks about the need to replace Tropicana Field during the first game of a two-game series in St. Petersburg on Sept. 20, 2017.

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) watches the action in the second inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
  5. Video shows massive sinkhole that swallowed Apopka home and may grow larger

    Public Safety

    APOPKA — A home near Orlando was partially swallowed by a massive sinkhole Tuesday morning that may grow even larger, officials said.

    A home at 222 West Kelly Park Road in Apopka, Fla., is being swallowed by a sinkhole on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kat Kennedy says crews responded Tuesday morning, shortly after the Apopka house began sinking. [Stephen M. Dowell | Orlando Sentinel via AP]