"Polar Bear Web Quest"
Polar Bear Web Quest by Carol Crawford Polar Bears Introduction Polar bears are cute, furry, and funny. Have you ever wondered why they are white, what they eat, and how they survive from the cold? Well, put on your warmest clothes because we are about to take a trip to the arctic to find out. Introduction/task/process/resources/evaluation/conclusion/teacher page Task Home As a polar bear scientist you will: • work cooperatively with a partner to find and share information about polar bears. • Take turns working on the computer. • Answer the true or false questions with your partner. • Make a polar bear puppet. • Share with the class two things you learned about the polar bears. Next Process Home 1. Discuss with your partner the information you just learned from the video. 2. Read the page About Polar Bears with your partner. 3. Print out and answer True or False questions with your partner. 4. Print out the Puppet Page and make a polar bear puppet in the art center. 5. Print out and complete the Response Page. Next Resources Home • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear • http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habit at/wildlife/polar_bear.php • http://www.starbus.com/polarbear/ Evaluation Home You will be evaluated by: • Your group participation • Your writing response • Your completed puppet Next Conclusion Home Congratulations! • You are now knowledgeable enough to attend the polar bear conference taking place in your classroom. • You will have a chance to share some of the information you learned about polar bears with your fellow scientists. Teacher Page Home 1st Grade Science GPS - S1L1 – Students will investigate the characteristics and basic needs of plants and animals. By actively using this web quest, students will learn information about polar bears and be able to: • Successfully navigate and complete the web quest. • Complete the polar bear hand puppet. • Be able to verbally tell you two facts from memory that they learned about polar bears. About Polar Bears Home • Polar bears live in the Arctic at the North Pole. The polar bear is a marine mammal. They spend much time on ice and in the water. • Polar bears are meat eaters. They like to eat seals. • Polar bears grow very large and live for about 20 years in the wild. • The forepaws on a polar bear are very large and webbed between their toes. This allow them to move quickly through the water. • Polar bears are covered with heavy fur. The color varies from pure white to more of a yellow hue. The white fur is important camouflage for the bears as they hunt their prey on the ice. • Polar bears do not have good eyesight, but they have an excellent sense of smell. • A mother bear usually gives birth to two cubs at a time. They are about the size of a chipmunk. • The cubs will normally stay with the mother for the first two years. • Polar bears communicate with each other through body language and sounds. A deep growl warns other bears. When a polar bear wants to play, he wags his head from side to side. Return True or False Home • 1. Polar bears are marine mammals. True or False • 2. Polar bears front paws are webbed. True or False • 3. Polar bears' white hair helps them not to be seen on the ice. True or False • 4. Father bears usually take care of their cubs for the first 2 years. True or False • 5. Polar bears have a poor sense of smell. True or False • 6. A mother bear usually gives birth to 2 cubs. Return Return True or False Puppet Page Home Return Polar Bear Response Page Home • 1. Polar bears live in the Arctic at the __________________. a. South Pole b. North Pole c. Equator • 2. When a polar bear wants to play, he wags his __________________. a. tail b. head c. feet • 3. The polar bear eats __________________. a. vegetables b. seals c. fruit • 4. The polar bear's baby is called a_____________. a. puppy b. calf c. cub • 5. The average life span of a wild polar bear is ________. a. 1-2 years b. 20 years c. 100 years or more Return