Polar Bears in Phoenix?

Polar Bears in Phoenix?
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  • Students, what do you think the life of a polar bear is like?
  • Polar bears live in the cold. They eat fish and seals. They live in dens and have white fur.
  • Students, what you all said was correct. Polar bears live in arctic environments, survive on a diet of mainly fish and, birds,and seals. Polar bears are an endangered species.
  • Polar bears would need a den to sleep in.
  • Among your groups, chat about what a polar bear would need if it lived in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • The polar bears would need to have fish and other food to meet their diet!
  • Sally and Nancy, I think a polar bear would need an icy ground to keep cool on.
  • The students describe what they already know about polar bears and their environment.
  • As a group, agree and decide what to draw in your enclosure located in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • A den!
  • I will draw a feeding station with fish and other foods in a polar bears diet.
  • Teacher acknowledges students prior knowledge, then lectures about the diet, environment and life of a polar bear in more detail.
  • Each student needs to independently write an explanation why they think each feature is needed in the enclosure and which feature you think is the most important.
  • The teacher asks students what a polar bear would need in an environment such as Phoenix, Arizona. The teacher then asks students to get in groups and collaborate on what a polar bear might need.
  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of each enclosure?
  • An advantage of the enclosure having a den is that the polar bears will feel at home and comfortable to sleep.
  • The teacher asks to students to agree and draw up an enclosure.
  • I will draw an icy landscape for the polar bears to roam.
  • Have the students write and explain why they chose each feature. Have them rank each feature from most important to least.
  • Have the students put their enclosures on the board for all to see. Have the students compare their drawings and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each enclosure, and what resources are needed.
  • A disadvantage of the enclosure would be that the polar bear will not be in its natural environment.
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