Tundra Connections: Back To Polar Bear Basics – Elementary

Polar bears are an awesome sum of their parts: fur, teeth, claws, and fat. It may seem basic but the details are fascinating. Help your students understand this incredible bear and its habits using the virtual field trip and supporting resources in Discovery Education.

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Featured Virtual Field Trip

Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Field Trip

Be sure to RSVP and #CelebratewithDE as we return to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the annual polar bear migration on Wednesday, November 7 at 12:00 PM (CT). Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Find out about these extraordinary animals and learn more about our favorite big white bear, its habits and more.

 


Instructional Idea: Polar Presentations

Use the video Polar Bears: By the Numbers as a model, and have students use images to create original presentations of new knowledge. Encourage students to form small research teams, like those you’ll see in the virtual field trip, to plan and complete a narrated presentation using the strategy Puppet Pictures(Canadian Version), from our Spotlight on Strategies series. With original illustrations or existing images from Discovery Education – and possibly Flat Nanuk as the puppet narrator – these presentations are sure to be extra cool. Post your results using @DiscoveryEd and hashtag #CelebrateWithDE.

Featured Resources

 
Puppet Pictures
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Spotlight on Strategy

Puppet Pictures is a teaching strategy that helps students connect with new vocabulary and concepts by encouraging them to select representative images and narrate their learning. Students engage deeply with content and process through the use of visuals and narration.

 

Content Collection: Polar Bears (Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Venture into the Arctic – the land of polar bears.

 

Polar Bear in Den (Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Photo

A polar bear sits in its den dug into the snow.

 
 
 

Polar Bear Close Up (Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Photo

Close-up view of (face, head, front paws, snout) of polar bear lying in snow.

 
 

Male Polar Bear Standing (Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Photo

Male polar bear standing in morning light. Ursis maritimus.

 
 

Polar Bear Swimming (Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Photo

Side view of swimming polar bear, (head, back) visible above surface of water.

 
 

Polar Bear Resting (Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Photo

Close-up view of polar bear cub standing, resting head on back of adult polar bear.
 
 


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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