Tundra Connections

Thank you to everyone who connected with us over the past couple days as we participated in Polar Bears International’s Tundra Connections program.  We had a fantastic turnout for the Discovery Education sessions!

Students learned a lot about polar bears and the scientists talked a lot about what we can do to help protect these amazing animals.  If you are looking for extension ideas, check out the recommendations below.

How can students in their hometowns play a role in protecting the polar bear and ultimately change the world in which we live?

It’s a very daunting question, but on some levels it’s very easy.  Here are seven ideas, one for each day of the week, to help you and your students begin to make a change today.

Sunday
Check out the educational resources on Polar Bears International.  Get the facts, take a quiz, download unit and lesson plans and more!

Monday
Awareness begins with understanding.  Learn the content by having your students explore polar bears, climate change and more at www.discoveryeducation.com.  You’ll find hundreds of standards-aligned video segments, images, articles and our new “Polar Bears” theme page.

Tuesday
Test your knowledge about polar bears and then go make your own Public Service Announcement using Photo Peach.  You can use this pre-made quiz to get your students started.

Polar Bear Quiz on PhotoPeach

Wednesday
Make a real-world connection for your students by using Google Earth.  Launch Google Earth, fly to Churchill and then view the ARKive layer for more content about polar bears.

Thursday
Have your students do their research and then represent the polar bear in the first person by using Blabberize.  What would a polar bear say?

Friday
Create Public Service Announcements using EDU Glogster. Blend video, audio, text, hyperlinks and more with your personal message of conservation.

Saturday
Go make a difference today by competing in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.  In this K-12 sustainability challenge your students identify the issue and then work together towards a solution.  Plus, there are tons of free resources on the site for anyone and everyone.

Also, get your students excited about the topic by showing them these short videos captured via flip cam from the scientists’ “tundra buggy.”

19 Comments

  1. Gloria Wolff said:

    I’m interested in having my grade 4/5 class participate in the polar bear webinar; however, I’m not sure if the set time will be appropriate. Does 10 AM Central time translate to 8:00 AM Alberta time? If so, I would like to participate.

  2. Gloria Wolff said:

    This will be my “maiden” voyage with having my class participate in this “blog”. I’m new at it and a bit nervous – technology is an area I am improving; however, it isn’t my strong skill set. Since we are located close to Spruce Grove, Alberta, the time of the broadcast will be one hour back. Is this correct? If the Tuesday, Nov 16th broadcast is 10 AM central time, my class should be ready to watch it 9:00 AM our time. Please verify. Moreover, is this “idiot” proof?? Yup. I mean it. I have the notion that all I need to do is click on the blog link and project it on my “smart board”, and “voila”, my students and I will have access to the info, and program provided.
    If what I have shared is not correct, please send me the info necessary. It’s appreciated.

  3. steve gehalo said:

    The confirmation email was received, and the attachment opens to a blank webpage. Is this correct? What is my user name and password for the site?

  4. Susan Lowenbach said:

    Eastern time is one hour before central time. so 12pm central is 11am eastern.
    and 10am central is 9am eastern

  5. Gwen Cole said:

    I recieved a confirmation email. However, I have no idea how to long into tomorrow’s webinar.

  6. Janine Zelonka said:

    Have I been confirmed for Tuesday Nov. 16 at 10am. I received a blank email after registering. Please help.

  7. Connie Tackett said:

    The confirmation email was blank and did not have any attachments. Is this correct? What is my user name & password, plus the direct link for the webcast? Thanks, Connie

  8. Kevin O'Donnell said:

    Re “Eastern time is one hour before central time. so 12pm central is 11am eastern.
    and 10am central is 9am eastern” :
    I think that everyone should be sure of their time zone conversion calculations. I am writing this at 10:41 Eastern, which is 9:41 Central according to an online calculator. In other words the webcast taking place on Nov.15 will be at 1p.m. Eastern, not 11 a.m. Eastern.
    Steve, would you provide us with the definitive times in all relevant time zones?

  9. Linda Filby said:

    Will this be available as a video to use for multiple classes at a later date or is there some way to just view it later ?

  10. Patti Harju said:

    Amazing! My 2nd graders and I watched today and loved it. They were very attentive and we all learned a lot. Very well done, great pictures. So glad we tuned in. We will take the Polar Bear Quiz tomorrow.
    Thanks Lance and the DEN!

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