Live from the Tundra – Paws Up for Polar Bears

Tundra Connections: Paws Up for Polar Bears | 11AM 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.

Paws Up for Polar Bears
Thursday, October 26 – 11:00 AM (ET)
Content Tailored to elementary school students.

What makes polar bears so cool? There are many reasons, including their amazing adaptations to a harsh environment and the behaviors that help them learn and cope. Help your students dive into polar bear facts and features using the virtual field trip and supporting resources in Discovery Education.


Activities Supporting Paws Up for Polar Bears

Instructional Idea: Have students collaborate to create a polar bear video to highlight some of the physical characteristics of polar bears in an animated video. After students have experienced the VFT and learned more about polar bears through a Jigsaw, encourage them to work together (as writers, illustrators, narrators, and technical teams) to create an original Paper Slide (Canadian Version), live action, or computer animated video. Post your results using @DiscoveryEd and hashtag #CelebrateWithDE.
Related: Jigsaw
(Canadian Version)
Instructional Strategy, Educators

Jigsaw is a teaching strategy that relies on different but related content to encourage student groups to assemble new knowledge cooperatively.

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.
Polar Bears
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, Reading Passage

Polar bears live in the Arctic. The Arctic is the area surrounding the North Pole.
Polar Bear Hair
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment

Observes two male polar bears play fighting and discusses why they participate in this type of behavior. Defines Greenland, the arctic hare, and the two types of polar bear hair.
Beasts of Alaska and Canada
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

Investigates the largest beasts of Alaska and Canada, including grizzly bears, polar bears, killer whales (orcas), and humpback whales.

Looking for more resources on Tundra Connections? Check out our Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears blog for resources around part two of our Tundra Connections virtual experience.


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