I passed out the characters to the kids. When we got to their character they placed it in the center of the carpet. We used interactive writing to write the things the animals brought with them as we retold the story. All of my kids wrote on dry erase boards while one child wrote the word to go with the character.
This book is perfect for describing a character. My students always want to use the words "good" and "nice", but this book worked well for pushing them to use other words. The text is simple so it was a little easier to get my kids to find other words to use when describing bear.
We drew and wrote about other things we had to share just like bear and all of the other animals in the story.