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Polar Bears International

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Presentation Slides

Regional Focus

North America, Polar Regions

Format

Microsoft Powerpoint

Polar Bear Tracker

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Synopsis
  • This interactive resource allows students to track polar bears in Hudson Bay as they hunt on the winter ice and are sent back to land by melting summer ice. 
  • Students will learn about polar bears' patterns, the ice they use to hunt in winter, the research projects happening to help them, and how to get involved in polar bear conservation. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is interactive and engaging for students.
  • The included slides are incredibly informative and feature teacher notes for presenting to students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have basic knowledge of polar bears and their habitat. 

Differentiation

  • This resource would work equally well in a science class thinking about habitats and patterns of movement or in a social studies class working on geography and mapping. 
  • For a long-term project, have small groups of students "adopt" a bear to track over several months. They can map the bear's movements, research additional polar bear information, calculate the distance traveled, and predict future movement based on ice.
  • This resource can be used for a one-session lesson or over time to track the bears over a semester or year.
  • Biology classes could use this interactive map to discuss how climate change is affecting plants and animals all over the world.  Consider having students read this article or watch this video to extend the lesson.
Scientist Notes
This resource shows the migration pattern of polar bears and how they could be protected in their ecosystem. The technique used in tracking the bears is appropriate and this resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.3.2 Summarize portions of a text to determine a theme or central idea and explain how it is supported by key details. (RI&RL)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing one’s thinking clearly.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.a.4-5 Summarize how location (absolute and relative) affects people, places, and the environment. Construct maps (paper or digital), charts, and graphs using appropriate elements (i.e., date, orientation, grid, scale, title, author, index, legend, situation).
      • SS.Geog3.b.m Analyze spatial patterns of social and economic development in a variety of regions in the world. Identify how people, products, and ideas move between places (e.g., internet commerce, outsourcing).
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