How does the Polar Bear Survive on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Posted by Allyson Greene at 12/6/2011 10:00:00 AM

Polar Bears Students simulating how polar bears capture their prey. Polar Bear The Polar Bear Arctic National Wildlife Refuge The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge… In first grade classrooms, students are beginning a unit of study on matter. To connect and enhance their learning, first graders will learn about the polar bear and how it survives on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Our objectives are:

  • Students will identify the specific needs of the polar bear to survive.
  • Students will identify the specific adaptations polar bears have in order to survive.
  • Students will recognize the climate conditions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and how they can have an effect on the polar bears.
  • Students will differentiate between solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Students will determine which type of matter creates an easier environment for the polar bear to capture prey.
  • Students will experience how a polar bear captures prey through a simulation.

Below are some pictures of the students pretending to be a polar bear on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They are trying to eat seals and/or fish. To do this simulation, students used plastic forks as their claws and had to try to capture red Swedish Fish as their prey! Students could not use their hands, only the forks as they tried to eat through the solid ice environment and as well as the water (liquid) environment. Polar Bear Digging! Working To Eat! Counting Counting Counting Fun! This was a lot of fun, but the students realized how hard it must be for the polar bears to survive. Many noted that while it was easier to hunt in the liquid environment, it is not the ideal environment for the polar bear as it lives in and on the ice. That is a problem as the ice in the Arctic is quickly disappearing….