Polar bears are a fun polar animal to teach about. My class is intrigued by these animals. we learn about many different polar animals, but polar bears are usually a favorite with my students.
Polar Bear Books
During our unit, we learn about the main idea and key details in a text. We also begin our informational writing unit. Here are some books that we are going to use to help us learn about polar bears.
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- National Geographic Polar Bears
- Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons
- Polar Bears (Polar Animal) Pebble Book
- The Polar Bears’ Home
- Where Do Polar Bears Live?
- A Day in the Life: Polar Bears
- Magic Tree House Polar Bears
- Polar Animals Scholastic Readers
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See?
- The Three Snow Bears
Polar Animal Anchor Chart
One of the first things we learn about with polar bears are where they live in comparison to penguins. My class is always amazed that polar bears and penguins live on opposite siides of the Earth. We make a class animal sort anchor chart.
Polar Bear Vocabulary
Vocabulary is a big part of this unit. This will help us with our writing and understanding of the text we read and listen to.
I like to show real pictures of vocabulary words whenever I can. These picture file cards are a great way addition to our unit. There is a picture on one side and a definition on the other. These picture file cards are used to show what a word means. I keep them in a tub for my class to look at when they want to.
In addition to reading books, we will also look at some polar bear articles and watch some short videos about polar bears.
Throughout our learning this week, we will have discussions about our findings with polar bears. I use discussion cards put together to help guide our conversations and writing ideas.
We use various graphic organizers to help organize our learning.
One of the cool things we learn about polar bears is the size of their paws. Did you know they are about 12 inches wide? First, we read What if You Had Animal Feet?
Next, we measure 12 inches with measuring cubes and then cut out polar bear feet that are 12 inches wide. I have tracers already made, but I have them measure the polar bear paws first. We add pads and write:
“If I had polar bear feet I would…”
If you are interested in these informational resources, check our our polar bear nonfiction pack.
Polar Bear Craft
It is very dramatic when you walk into a classroom with 20 polar bear paws hanging around the classroom. They are huge!
Polar Bear Art
We even made these cute polar bears. I had my students draw a polar bear onto black construction paper (I led a direct draw). Using black paper was a way to show that polar bears have black skin. They cute the post bear out. Next, they used white chalk to color their bear. They used black oil pastels to add details. Finally, they glued the bear onto a blue paper with a snow scene. I love the way they turned out!
Do you teach about polar bears? What are some of your favorite resources for the classroom?