On the Road with Gritzley the GRITS Bear is an online
collaborative project offering a collection of technology-enriched
learning activities designed to stimulate interest,
support state curriculum standards, and spark collaboration
among schools in the southeast. It offers classes opportunities
to appropriately use many common technology applications
available to schools.
- Southern LiterBeary Portraits--In
this activity, students will lead GRITS’ favorite
“cub” reporter on an investigation into
the lives and works of at least one famous “literBEARY”
figure from their state.
- Where in the Southeast is
Gritzley?--This activity requires students to
research selected topics and collect data related
to their local area.
- Gritzley's Scrapbook and
Souvenirs--In this activity, students are asked
to take digital pictures of Gritzley as he visits
local venues and/or experiences local culture. Students
will be asked to word process journal entries (written
from Gritzley’s point-of-view) describing the
highlights of his adventures.
- Digital Quilting with Gritzley--This
activity provides students the opportunity to expand
their awareness of the diversity reflected within
their own community by researching its unique characteristics,
creating a digital quilt patch, and an accompanying
- News Across the Southeast--This
activity leverages the power of the Internet to provide
students the opportunity to share stories of local
interest and/or significance with a global audience.
Students will capture stories from the headlines of
their local newspapers and write brief news summaries.
- Southeast Settlers, Immigrants--This
activity provides students with an opportunity to
research and publish reports on the people who have
settled in their state or local area.
- Plants and Animals of the
Southeast--In this activity, students will introduce
Gritzley to the numerous plants and animals found
in their immediate environment.
Gritzley's Story. Gritzley is a member
of a unique family of bears whose business is to help
students use technology as a tool for enhancing learning.
To succeed in his family business, Gritzley travels
to schools throughout the southeast in a box full of
learning activities. The scope of each activity is broadly
defined, yet each requires a specific product. This
format will permit greater flexibility for teachers
as they incorporate content objectives and instructional
strategies, while it produces several consistent products
among all participants. There is no defined sequence
for doing the activities, but teachers need to adequately
plan for them, as Gritzley only visits for four weeks.
Seven activities are offered, and teachers may choose
to do as many as they can accommodate.
Click here to download and personalize the story of
Gritzley for your students, as illustrated by the children
of St. Mark's Episcopal School, Palm Beach Gardens,
Procedures for Participation.
- Preview Gritzley’s Projects to ensure the
activities are appropriate for your grade level or
classroom. There are seven activities in all, and
a teacher may choose to do as many as he/she feels
- Gritzley Bear is available for school visits during
the school year. So that we can accommodate as many
schools as possible, Gritzley's visit cannot exceed
- Classes wishing to participate must register. To
register, send an e-mail to Jeni O'Sullivan (email@example.com).
Please include the following information in your e-mail:
* Teacher's name
* School name
* School address (Street, City, Zip)
* Telephone number where the teacher can be reached
(preferably at school)
* Grade level of participating class
* Date you would like Gritzley to arrive at your school
* E-mail address (preferably the teacher's)
* URL of your school's website (if applicable)
* Geographical setting of your school (urban, rural,
- Once registered, the teacher will receive a confirmation
e-mail. The message will confirm Gritzley’s
estimated time of arrival.
- When Gritzley arrives at a participating school,
he will be accompanied by a packet containing details
of the activities in his “Itinerary,”
instructions for his safe return, and other ancillary
- Once Gritzley is returned, some products from his
experiences may be incorporated into the GRITS Web
site. Each participating teacher will be notified
if his/her class products are posted.