Live from the Tundra – Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears

Tundra Connections: Cold Careers | 1PM ET

#CelebratewithDE as we return to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the annual polar bear migration. 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 the careers open to you on the tundra.

Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears
Thursday, October 26 – 1:00 PM (ET)
Content Tailored to upper elementary through high school students.

What if a tundra buggy was your office? The team from Polar Bear International will be bringing your students directly into their world, showcasing the polar bears on the tundra and the work they do to study them and ensure their health in the future. Conservation scientist isn’t the only career available on the tundra, though. Use the VFT and archived segments from years past to encourage your students to consider their own interests as they think about what they could do in polar bear territory.


Activities Supporting Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears

Instructional Idea: Introduce Connect the Dots, an activity that encourages students to make text-to-self connections and have each student start a diagram with “Polar Careers” at the center. Then, as a class, participate in the VFT and further exploration using the resources below. As students are learning about various careers, have them take notes on their diagrams and imagine a career that would meet their interests, based on their new knowledge and connected dots. Share your students’ diagrams and discoveries using @DiscoveryEd and hashtag #CelebrateWithDE.
Related: Connect the Dots
(Canadian Version)
Instructional Strategy, Educators

Connect the Dots is a teaching strategy that provides a structure for students as they make text-to-self connections.

Additional Resources

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

Venture into the Arctic – the land of polar bears.
Peppermint Narwhal and Polar Bears International
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Discusses potential STEM and communications careers, and presents a video about Polar Bears International and a graphic-design company called Peppermint Narwhal. The segment also analyzes an artic food chain.
Dog Musher in Churchill, Canada
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Follows a dog musher as he interacts with the dogs that work with him.

Looking for more resources on Tundra Connections? Check out our Paws Up for Polar Bears blog for resources around part one of our Tundra Connections virtual experience.


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