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National Polar Bear Day

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Polar Bear Fans Unite

Polar Bear Day is celebrated on February 27th. On this national holiday people celebrate the largest carnivore, but it's not because these creatures are so cute and adorable. There was a need to bring the awareness of the danger these magnificant animals are facing.

Research shows that if we do nothing to protect the life of the Polar Bear, by the year 2050 they will be no more than a photo hanging in some gallery.

When I first decided to write on this national holiday it was to help bring resources to teachers. As I progressed in my study I found it hard to steer clear of the problems polar bears are facing with global warming and their enemy called "man."

It is my hope that I can bring mankind into the realization of the need to protect the Polar Bear, as well as instruct on the various aspects in the life of a Polar Bear.


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Resource and Unit Study of the Polar Bear

This Study on the Polar Bear is divided into a 7 week lesson period.

Each unit has a quiz and/or resources available.

Unit 1 - Basic Polar Bear History

Unit 2 - Physical Characteristics

Unit 3 - Habitat & Location

Unit 4 - Global Warming

Unit 5 - Food Resources

Unit 6 - Mating

Unit 7 - Newborn & Cubs

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Polar Bear Amazing Creature

Using A Video to Introduce the Unit

A good way to get kids excited about a teaching unit is to begin it with a short clip or video of the overall lessons that will follow in coming weeks.

Polar Bear Amazing Creatures is a good one that only takes about five minutes. After the class has watched it, you can begin a discussion on what they think they will be learning about these amazing animals.

History of the Polar Bear

UNIT 1

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Brief History of the Polar Bear

For as long as anyone can tell, Polar Bears have lived in the arctic regions of this world. They have learned to survive in this sub-zero climate, because of the amazing design of their bodies. The thick fur, small ears and a short stub-like tail of the polar bear allows them to retain more body heat. Add snowshoe like paws on to their already "sandpaperish" non-skid pads, and you have a natural born to ski and sled champion.

Hunting of the polar bear was never a real problem because of the high risk and danger factor. Occasionally there were some that hunted for meat or skins for clothing, but they too were not the real issue. It was the Great Hunter who sought out to capture the "big game" for the sake of sport that hurt the population of the Polar Bear. Finally, this type of hunting was regulated under the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and Their Habitat in the 70's, and the polar bear population once more showed promise.

Early researchers believe that the brown bear is a cousin of the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and have found fossils of this species to be much larger than they are today.


You be the judge.

Size, Height & Weight

UNIT 2

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How big is big?

Polar bears are the largest predators on land, and they are the biggest of all bears.

Male Polar Bears

Adult males generally weigh between 720 and 1,700 pounds (363 and 771 kilograms). Males can grow to ten feet (three meters) in height and about twice the size of female polar bears.

Female Polar Bears

The adult female Polar bear often weighs between 500 and 600 pounds (227 and 272 kilograms) and are smaller than the male bears.

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Polar Bear Description

What Polar Bears Look Like

FUR & SKIN

If you were to ask someone to describe a polar bear, their description would include "white fur", and they would be right for the most part. However some polar bears have a yellowish or creamy color fur and in warmer weather it can even turn a very light brown.

Polar bears have thick fur and skin that allow them to absorb sunlight for warmth. They also have a thick layer of fat or blubber that acts as a liner to protect them from the cold. It is a barrier layer covered by fur that actually keeps them quite warm, so much so that they can even overheat. In the spring the polar bear sheds its fur and a new coat of hair grows

But you know what is fascinating about all this? Underneath this lush layer of beautiful white fur lies a black skinned bear! Yep, that's right. The black skin helps to attract the sun and adds even more warmth to this oversized ball of fur.

Another way to tell if it is a polar bear is its great size. It is the largest in the bear family.

What other things should we look for? - See side photographs for each polar bear description.

  1. Their claws: A polar bear's claws are black, very short and extremely strong. These short claws work like picks on the ice grasping the ice to help them walk without slipping or sliding.
  2. Their teeth: Think of a sharp jagged knife that can carve through the toughest meat like butter and you have a good representation of a polar bear's main teeth. Their canine teeth are long and sharp to tear and pull apart any food they eat.
  3. Their feet: Although we have described their huge feet, which they really need to support their enormous weight, the pads of their sandpaper like feet really have a name. A polar bear's foot has tiny papillae or grippers on the bottom that helps to increase the friction on the ice and snow. The grippers make it so the bear has no problem walking about on a slippery surface. My nephew likes to call it "gripsion", which is a good way of putting it wouldn't you say?

    Along with the great padding on their feet, they also have fur on the bottoms of their paws to protect against the cold.

  4. Their tail: Can you believe it is only 3-5 inches long!

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Polar Bear Habitat

Polar Bear Adaptations

UNIT 3

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HABITAT

HOUSING CONDITIONS

Housing has always been a priority when it comes to females, and I think this goes for animals as well. If it were up to men they would be fine living in a cave off somewhere in the middle of the woods. But us ladies, well we have standards, and the female polar bear is no exception.

It needs to be clarified that all Polar Bears do not hibernate, however they may if the weather is extremely bad. Female polar bears on the other hand will den up with their babies. This is what I picture their living quarters to look like according to the information I gathered.