Bears on Hemlock Mountain, The - Study Guide

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Newbery Honor Award 1953

Jonathan is sure there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain. When he is given the task of going over the mountain to his aunt's house to borrow a large pot for his mother, he reassures himself over and over: "There... are... no... bears... on... Hemlock... Mountain... no... bears... no... bears... at... all." Once at his aunt's house Jonathan dawdles, enjoying cookies and a nap. When he wakes up he realizes that it is very late, and now he must go back over Hemlock Mountain - in the dark! Despite his repeating over and over to himself that there are no bears, suddenly he meets some. Thinking quickly Jonathan puts the large iron pot upside down in the snow and hides under it. Jonathan learns a hair-raising lesson in being responsible for your own actions.

Progeny Press' Bears on Hemlock Mountain English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student(s) with:

Historical Background: Explore the history of Pennsylvania folktales.
Author Biography: Read about Alice Dalgliesh, her life in the British West Indies, and her numerous literary contributions and awards.
Vocabulary: Improve your skills with activies specially crafted to boost vocabulary retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Study literary techniques such as phrases, repetition, foreshadowing, dictionary usage, imagery, similes, and metaphors.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Dig into lessons and values, emphasizing hospitality, sharing, observation, understanding fear, knowing that God is with us, the importance of dependability, upholding truth, acknowledging the Lord as our shepherd, understanding consequences, grappling with sin, and embracing the power of forgiveness.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Take your ELA study to the next level with activities including mountain exploration, tracking animal prints, decoding birdsongs, crafting a hospitality bulletin board, baking cookies, unraveling mystery words, venturing into creative writing adventures, compiling a cookbook, exploring the world of bears, and engaging in drama and theater
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Expand your library with more works by Alice Dalgliesh and other books that share similarities with, Bears on Hemlock Mountain.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Elementary student eyes
  • Every question in our novel study has plenty of whitespace for Primary grade student’s answers and handwriting capabilities
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

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  • Our PDF Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Reader program. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA PDF guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your Primary grade Elementary student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into simplified writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and begins building their analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools for over 30 years!

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Colonial New England, USA
Workbook ISBN:
Study Guide Author:
Rebecca Gilleland
for the book by:
Alice Dalgliesh
Study Guide Page Count:
34 pages

    1 Reviews

  • Posted by Mandy on 30th Mar 2023


    Great Literature

    My 1st and 3rd grader both enjoy reading the book. I feel like the amount of writing required was a lot for a 1st grader. I mostly talk to him about the questions and either have him draw a picture or I write the answer for him. My 3rd grader does better, but has severe learning disabilities and so it is really too much writing for him as well, but I think it would be okay for an average 3rd grader. I like the questions they ask and the vocabulary words they bring to the kids' attention. I love the bible inclusion as well! I will definitely order more study guides to go along with the books. I wish the younger level though would incorporate more drawing or worksheet activities that are not heavily reliant on writing.