11 Fun Polar Bear Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade!
I have used this book in my own classroom going back many years. I knew I loved this book, but I guess I was a little surprised at how my students connected with it. So when we planned out our Engaging Readers units, Ice Bearmade the list!
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #1 Read Aloud
Here are a few images from the book! The illustrations of these polar bears look almost like photographs! Not only does this book have a narrative text, but there is also informational text on each page. You can see if just under this polar bear’s snout.
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #2 Responding to Text
When students are interested in the subject they are writing about, student engagement goes through the ROOF!
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #3 Interactive Writing
We use interactive writing to model and support writing conventions. At times, I would do interactive writing on a large chart. Other times I would do interactive writing under my document camera.
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #4 Informational Text Writing
We can support students’ writing by adding a chart to document our learning.
I love how Mrs. P’s class made the books in the shape of a polar bear. So cute!
You can find these reading comprehension lessons in our Engaging Readers Units:
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #4 Directed Drawing
We love to incorporate directed drawing whenever we can. For some students, this is exactly the support they need to take them from, “I can’t draw..” to “Look what I DREW!” If I am being honest, I need directed drawings to make anything look recognizable.
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #5 Blubber Glove Experiment
Mrs. P’s class also borrowed the blubber glove experiment from Deanna Jump’s Penguin Unit. You can read about this experiment by reading her blog post:
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #6 Art Project
Mrs. P’s class also had this ADORABLE art project! You can find the directions for this project by clicking HERE.
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #7 Exploring the Effects of Climate Change
Mrs. P’s class also went a step further! She says:
I filled the container up with water, added some ice cubes and a few drops of blue food coloring then placed it in the freezer for about an hour, just enough for the top to freeze so the polar bear could stand on it. The neat thing was as the ice melted the polar bear could no longer stand on it. This helped the students understand why polar bears can more than double their body weight during the springtime foraging season when they hunt seals on the ice but as the sea ice melts earlier and earlier, polar bears are forced to swim more and more to reach seal populations.
Talk about making this lesson come to life!
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #8 Clay Art
Here are a few adorable polar bears from Mrs. B’s classroom! They even come with their own sign…LOL!
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #9 STEM
This STEM Activity is always a sure hit! Students work to create a den for the their polar bear.
Check out the cute video of the students in Mrs. P’s class building their den.
You will find the details of this activity and the recording pages in our STEM unit:
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #10 Videos
Here a few videos that you may want to include in your week!
To go along with the blubber glove experiment, this is a great video!
Fun Polar Bear Activities: #11 Center Ideas
Finally, here are a few center ideas for your polar bear week!
You will find these center activities below:
You may download these lesson plans for kindergarten PDF or an editable template. I have used Hello Literacy Fonts (which are free for non-commercial use). You may want to download her fonts and install them on your computer first. This way the formatting will not be off. Naturally, you can change the fonts if you prefer.
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- Download these plans by clicking HERE or on the image below.
Looking for more winter-themed lesson ideas?
- Tacky the Penguin Activities and Lesson Plans (Free File too)
- The Story of Snow Lesson Plans
- Over 7 Fun Snowy Day Activities and Lesson Plans for Kindergarten & First Grade (Free File)
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