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TEACHER TRAININGToy Story: Gotta Getta Bear!

The Gotta Getta Bear! Toy Story is set up to explore sequence and reverse sequence. Understanding forward and reverse sequences prepares students for counting forward and backwards.

After learning the story, children draw story maps to retell the story. Pre-K students draw the forward sequence. Kindergarten students explore how sequence and reverse sequence together create symmetry.

As a learning extension, children go on their own imaginary bear hunt and travel through the Gotta Getta Bear! classroom maze. This supports large-scale sequencing and spatial reasoning.

About this Workshop

In this arts integration workshop early childhood teachers learn to use storytelling to teach sequence, reverse sequence, and counting. Join this participatory training to explore the storyteller’s craft of creating voices, facial expressions, and gestures that bring a story to life. Then discover how to animate small toys and simple objects while leading students in the telling of a story. As the storytelling unfolds, the order and sequencing concepts that underlie the story are revealed. Students draw story maps to demonstrate their understanding of the story’s sequence of events. Finally, children travel each step on the story map through space to develop large-scale spatial reasoning.

The Moving Through Math Toy Story titled, Gotta Getta Bear can be extended to explore numbers in sequence and in reverse sequence, counting forward and backwards. Use this arts-integrated teaching strategy with your students and enjoy watching their focus, cooperation, and comprehension soar!


Grade Level: Pre-K - K

Number of Participants: 35

Workshop Time: 3 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD projector and Screen

  • Speakers

  • Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen

Resources Required

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