Tundra Connections: Experience Polar Bears – Grades K-3

The story of the polar bear is full of drama: a frozen habitat, shifting sea ice, fierce competition for limited resources, and adorable cubs learning to hunt. Help your students understand this incredible bear and its environment by joining Discovery Education for Tundra Connections, a virtual field trip to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada with Polar Bears International.

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Featured Virtual Field Trip

Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra
All ages, live broadcast
Wednesday, November 13 – 12:00 PM (CT)


Polar Bear Live Chat
All ages, live Q&A
Wednesday, November 13 – 1:30 PM (CT)


Instructional Idea: Stories of the Sea Ice

Have students collaborate to create a storybook titled Stories of the Sea Ice, in which each student contributes a unique Six Word Story (Canadian users). A six-word story encourages students to focus on main ideas and selective word choice to write a tiny story.

Use these or other prompts to help students generate ideas:

  • What is a polar bear’s day like?
  • What special adaptations do polar bears have that help them survive on the tundra?
  • What can I do to help polar bears and their habitat?
  • How do scientists study polar bears?

For students who need more support, provide key words on cards or on the board.

Finally, encourage students to illustrate each other’s stories or use images from Discovery Education to set a magical storybook scene. Post photos of your storybooks using @DiscoveryEd and hashtag #CelebrateWithDE.

Related: Six Word Story (Canadian users)
Instructional Strategy, Educators
Six Word Story is a teaching strategy that allows students to practice summarizing and selective word choice. Students use an image or an article as the basis for a story that conveys a big idea using only six words.

Discovery Education Resources

Polar Bears Channel (Canadian Version)
Content Collection, Grades K-12
Venture into the Arctic – the land of polar bears.


Polar Adaptations (Canadian Version)
Video Segment, Grades K-12
Takes a look at how polar bears behave while hunting and illustrates the different adaptations polar bears have to survive and thrive in frigid temperatures.


Polar Bears by the Numbers (Canadian Version)
Video Segment, Grades K-5
Provides statistics on the size of polar bears and describes how polar bear fur keeps the animals warm in the Arctic.


Polar Bear (Canadian Version)


Interested in participating in the live event? Visit our Tundra Connections page to participate and learn more.