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International Polar Bear Day

February 20th| Michael Mountford

International Polar Bear Day

What is International Polar Bear Day?

International Polar Bear Day is organised by Polar Bears International and they have a website full to the brim of interesting content all about polar bears and the polar regions. Why not take a look here?

Polar Immersive Learning

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids during the school day, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make an immersive learning area.

Teach about Polar Regions

Teaching young people about the world which they live in is of the upmost importance- teaching tolerance towards aspects of the Earth which may not directly affect them but affect the lives of other beings that also live on the Earth.

For many, the polar regions are not on their front doorstep and therefore can sometimes forget that the actions they take in their daily lives can still affect the rest of the world.

BBC Teach-Life in the Polar Regions

The BBC Teach website host a whole range of useful resources that can be used during the lesson in order to teach about Polar Bears and the Polar Habitat which they reside.

Check some out here and here.

What can you do to help?

Many young people want to get involved in some way to help better protect the environment but are not aware of how they can.

With this in mind, I’ve come up with some ideas for how young people could get involved with helping to save the environment; if you think of any others, make sure to leave a comment below and I’ll add them into the list so that other people can see them.

These ideas could be further expanded upon within a classroom setting to teach how these simple tasks help the environment and enable the children to think critically about how their actions during the day to day could be altered slightly to better help the environment.

  • Reuse and Recycle
  • Paper rather than plastic
  • Switch off electrical items when not using
  • Raise money for charities
  • Look for volunteering opportunities

Getting Involved

Polar bear cubs are born in winter in dens hidden under the snow. At birth, they are blind, weigh about one pound, and have only a light layer of fur to protect them from the cold. Families remain in the den until spring when the cubs are finally large enough to survive the rigors of outside Arctic conditions.

Keeping moms and cubs safe while also addressing climate warming is a critical part of their work on behalf of polar bears.

Donate to protect moms and cubs. Your gift will help them develop a promising new tool for finding, and hence protecting, dens hidden under the snow. By protecting dens, you’ll protect cubs, helping to ensure their future.

Tune in to their live events. Watch out for their schedule of live programs during the week leading up to Polar Bear Day, and on the day itself.

Learn about moms and cubsDiscover some facts about polar bear families.

Resources

WWF have a whole host of resources available to use in both a classroom as well as a home learning environment; take a look at what they have to offer here.

We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources all to do with teaching about International Polar Bear Day in your classroom. Click here to see all of our brand new International Polar Bear Day Resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to get started.

Arctic Animals Tuff Tray Activity Pack
This is a fantastic example of an Artic Inspired Polar Tuff Tray design that would work really well in any classroom. To learn more about Tuff Trays and how to design one of your own, take a look here to get started.
Polar Bear Differentiated Writing Activity
Animals From Arctic Habitats Poster
Arctic Animal Dot-To-Dot

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about International Polar Bear Day.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)

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