This mini-poster and fact sheet about polar bears delivers unique and fun information and includes an Arctic sea ice food chain diagram coloring activity.
Students will learn about the scientific name of polar bears, their unique adaptations, the importance of sea ice, and what humans can do to help polar bears.
This resource can be easily differentiated or utilized in an array of grade levels.
Students should have a basic understanding of animal adaptations, habitats, and food chains.
Connections can be made in language arts classes working on informational reading strategies or in art classes working on color theory in nature.
This fact sheet could be a hook for lessons about ecosystems, food webs, food chains, habitats, and evolutionary traits.
Students can use the information provided to create informational polar bear posters or slideshows to spread awareness about how humans are impacting polar bear habitats.
As an extension, have students research another animal and create a similar handout for their classmates.
This resource lets students understand the importance of sea ice in the arctic ecosystem. Climate change is degrading this ecosystem with increasing warming and this threatens polar bears and the entire food chain. It draws attention to the importance of halting fossil fuel emissions in order to protect this ecosystem. This resource is recommended for classroom use.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.