Activity Overview

Using the timeline storyboard, students can create a growth chart of a baby polar bear. The book gives specific information about the growth of the cub but you could also have your students research the life of a polar bear cub and combine the information into a concise timeline.

Before Birth

Mother polar bear makes a den to prepare for the birth of her cub.


Cubs are born between fall and winter in the den. They are small, about the size of a guinea pig, and blind. They stay in the den to stay safe and grow.


Emerge from den in late March or April. The cub is the size of a cocker spaniel. The cub plays and learns with his mom. She teaches him how to play and hunt.

Young Adult

At age two or a little older, the cub is deemed old enough and is left to live on its own. The mama polar bear prepares for a new baby.

Template and Class Instructions

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  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Describe each stage in the description.
  3. Illustrate each description using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save and Exit

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/3/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/3/8] Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

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