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National Polar Bear Day

Updated on July 29, 2017

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

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

Subscription Magazines Provide A Great Learning Tool - Excellent resources for school or at home.

THE POLAR BEAR - MASTER OF THE ICE (Reader's Digest animal close-ups)
THE POLAR BEAR - MASTER OF THE ICE (Reader's Digest animal close-ups)

Wonderful photographs in this book will give you a good understanding of how polar bears live, raise their young,and the dangers of pollution.

 
Polar Bear at Churchill
Polar Bear at Churchill

Polar Bear

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.


Quick Fact

The scientific name for polar bear is Ursus maritimus,

which means "sea bear."

All in the Family Photo Gallery - Be sure to read the caption under each photo.

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Hello Humans!Honey, we've got company.Listen, this is a secret, don't tell those visitors...Can someone turn out the lights?Is it too much to ask for some peace and quiet?Finally, I can get some sleep.View's pretty good from up here.Now where did I hide that fish?  It's gotta be in here somewhere?But mom, why can't I go south?  Junior I said no.Look me in the eye and tell me that again momma.
Hello Humans!
Hello Humans!
Honey, we've got company.
Honey, we've got company.
Listen, this is a secret, don't tell those visitors...
Listen, this is a secret, don't tell those visitors...
Can someone turn out the lights?
Can someone turn out the lights?
Is it too much to ask for some peace and quiet?
Is it too much to ask for some peace and quiet?
Finally, I can get some sleep.
Finally, I can get some sleep.
View's pretty good from up here.
View's pretty good from up here.
Now where did I hide that fish?  It's gotta be in here somewhere?
Now where did I hide that fish? It's gotta be in here somewhere?
But mom, why can't I go south?  Junior I said no.
But mom, why can't I go south? Junior I said no.
Look me in the eye and tell me that again momma.
Look me in the eye and tell me that again momma.

You be the judge.

Which photo and caption is your favorite?

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Size, Height & Weight

UNIT 2

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.

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.

Match the Photo with the Description

Use the following information for quiz or test information.

What to look for in a polar bear. Look at each part of the Polar Bear described.

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A male polar bear can grow to be ten feet tall and weigh about 1,700 pounds.Their claws: Are black, short and extremely strong. They work like picks on the ice grasping the ice to help them walk without slipping or sliding.Their teeth: Like a sharp jagged knife that can carve through the toughest meat like butter.Their feet: Huge ranging about 9" wide to 12" long support their enormous weight. The pads are like sandpaper with fur on the bottom.Their tail: Can you believe it is only 3-5 inches long!
A male polar bear can grow to be ten feet tall and weigh about 1,700 pounds.
A male polar bear can grow to be ten feet tall and weigh about 1,700 pounds.
Their claws: Are black, short and extremely strong. They work like picks on the ice grasping the ice to help them walk without slipping or sliding.
Their claws: Are black, short and extremely strong. They work like picks on the ice grasping the ice to help them walk without slipping or sliding.
Their teeth: Like a sharp jagged knife that can carve through the toughest meat like butter.
Their teeth: Like a sharp jagged knife that can carve through the toughest meat like butter.
Their feet: Huge ranging about 9" wide to 12" long support their enormous weight. The pads are like sandpaper with fur on the bottom.
Their feet: Huge ranging about 9" wide to 12" long support their enormous weight. The pads are like sandpaper with fur on the bottom.
Their tail: Can you believe it is only 3-5 inches long!
Their tail: Can you believe it is only 3-5 inches long!

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!

Big Polar Bear Coloring Page

Polar Bear Habitat

Polar Bear Adaptations

UNIT 3

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.


Girl's Designer Housing

Mother with babies tunnel under the snow.
Mother with babies tunnel under the snow.

Female polar bears prefer to build their dens in the snow that has been around for a few years rather than use new snow that has just fallen. I think they like the stability of it, and why shouldn't they?

They also do not restrict themselves to a one room apartment like the males. No, these intelligent female bears tend to build a multiple room dwelling that includes a roof with ventilation. Since they spend so many months indoors, I guess the learned they needed a playroom and extra bedrooms. Don't you just love that?

Location

At the North Pole region, Polar bears live and are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.

Polar Bear Habits - BBC wildlife

Where else do polar bears live?

If most of the polar bears live in what is known as northern Canada, where are the rest of the polar bears? Excluding any polar bears that are in captivity, the remaining polar bears make their homes in the North Pole area as well as the Arctic.

Finding food in the winter or summer months isn't a problem, because the bears know how to acclimate to any situation. They hunt on ice or on land when areas of the Arctic Ocean are not frozen. Parts (polynyas areas) of the Arctic Ocean do not freeze and provides a great living area during off season.

Polar bears love to reside on ice packs off shore and along the coastlines. It allows them to hunt for food when they need to and travel on the ice during season breaks. They can travel hundreds of miles on that broken off block of ice. If a polar bear is still on an ice pack when the summer months come, they will have to remain on it until the water freezes over again come fall.

Where do Polar Bears Live

Excellent learning resource for primary level.
Excellent learning resource for primary level.

Maps

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Temperatures in the Arctic

Now I've heard of cold, but just how cold is it? The polar bear has to endure a fluxuation in climate from 40 to 90 degrees below zero in the winter months to 77 degrees above zero in the summer. The difference can range up to 100 degrees during the seasons.

However, to keep the cold out and the heat in, a polar bear may use its paw to cover its face from the weather.

Knowing all this you know what is really strange? The polar bear tends to get overheated rather than get cold.


Global Warming

UNIT 4

Polar Bear holding on the the last of the ice.
Polar Bear holding on the the last of the ice.

The Future of the Polar Bear

Affects of global warming and climate change on the Polar Bear.

We have already seen the effects of global warming on the polar bear. Because of dramatic climate changes these bears are forced to stay on shore much longer than they should. The ice is taking longer to form over the ocean therefore causing the polar bear to stay on shore.

Why is it important to get bears back on the ice?

For the most part, polar bears dine on seals. If the seals are not coming to shore the bears are not eating on a regular basis. Even though the polar bear does not hibernate, they still have to have enough food in their reserve fat to carry them for long periods of time if needed. Some have done without a fresh source of food for up to ten months. This makes them very weak and vulnerable. Global warming is literally destroying the polar bear population at a rapid rate.

How many polar bears are there?

It is hard to really tell just how many polar bears remain in the "wild" arctic, because the changing of the climate from global warming is scattering them into regions not known. With about half of the polar bear population living in Canada, researchers reported there are approximately less than 40 thousand left in the world!

Polar Bear Life Cycle

Polar bears in the wild are estimated to live to be about 25-35 years old.

However, a female polar bear in capitivity at the Detroit Zoo, was still alive at the age of 45 in 1999.

Global Warming may change this dramatically.

Status of the Polar Bear

Global Warming Facts

An SOS Appeal for the Polar Bear - Could these be the last Polar Bears on the planet?

Special Polar Bear Moments You Won't Soon Forget!

Life & Global Warming

What are the Polar Bears Enemies?

Why are the polar bears on the endangered species list? What are the Polar Bear's Enemies?

There are mainly 3 enemies of the polar bear: humans, chemicals & global warming.

1. Humans are polar bears only predator. No animal of the north hunts the polar bear.

2. Global warming has placed the Polar bear on the threatened species list. (see section on Global Warming)

3. Pollution is a cause of death for polar bears.

Part of the reason polar bears are dying is due to the ratio of CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels that are remaining in the atmosphere. The result is known as greenhouse gases which cause the "greenhouse effect", meaning the temperature is rising on the earth. Because polar bears rely on snow and ice for survival. The melting effect has endangered this species to the point of extinction.

There are no major factories in the Arctic areas, but polar bears are still affected by their harmful chemicals. Wind and air carry harmful POP (persistent organic pollutants) and these do not disintegrate through time or travel. The chemicals affect small fish and animals in every part of the food chain, because it does not leave their system. So by the time the polar bear eats these creatures the toxic chemical is so large that it causes the bears to die.

What else is happening to the bears because of the CO2 problem? The population of polar bears is declining because their immune system is failing. There are even some of the baby bears being born with both male and female sex organs causing them to be unable to repopulate.


Global Warming Indicators

Global Debate

A poll was taken asking people if they believed there is a Global Warning. Here is what a few of them said:

Yes, I Do

Anthony Altorenna 3 years ago from Connecticut The world is experiencing a warming trend. It may be part of a reoccurring cycle, but It's hard to deny that man hasn't played a role.

Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA @Anthony Altorenna: Appreciate your comment Anthony. Always good to see you.

Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C. Yes, The glaciers in the northern ice fields of Canada are receding at an alarming rate now. If in doubt ask anyone who lives in the North. Yes, they still have cold weather but they have many more warm days than ever before in recorded history.

Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA @LaraineRoses: Thank you for your comment Laraine. I appreciate your visit.

Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota I do. This does not mean that every area on earth is necessarily warmer. It does mean that weather patterns will be disrupted.

Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA @Lynn Klobuchar: True. Thanks for the visit.

SteveKaye 4 years ago YES! I worked with scientists at Gulf Oil's Research Center who were talking about global warming in 1976. It is a shame that anyone would deny or lie about this.

bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland I believe there is climate change, which is not always experienced as "warming." Whether it's part of a pattern or an anomaly, I don't know.

Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada I've been living in the same area of Canada for almost 50 years. I can see a difference in the climate myself. I don't need scientists to tell me whether there is global warming or not. There is!

tattooyoutoo 5 years ago yes there is and what a great lens very informative learned thing about the polar bear i never knew great job

bunitasmith 5 years ago Yes. Greenhouse gases cause the "greenhouse effect", meaning the temperature is rising on the earth. Saving the Polar Bear from extinction is very important. Thank you for a great lens.

gradientcat 5 years ago Scientific evidence seems to indicate global warming does exist.

gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago Having been a part of the design of elements that cause global warming in our society I know global warming exists. We can get off of this ride. See you around the galaxy...

ludyshubs 5 years ago Sure, there is a global warming

anonymous 5 years ago I do believe it's happening but I also believe that mother nature will compensate as she's done already.

Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California I do believe that the earth's weather is getting warmer. I call is global warming even though some critics disagree. If it's not "global warming" then what do you call it?

squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago Living in Minnesota this year, I'm starting to think global warming might be creeping in...

BryanLSC 5 years ago Global warming has been here since the dawn of the industrial age, which is hurting Earth and all of its inhabitants

goo2eyes lm 5 years ago i believe that the glaciers will disappear in the near future.

No I Don’t

The Examiner-1 2 years ago Yes I do, I have hear of it before. I heard several things about it which you mentioned but not all. The same about the polar bears. I also saw the Shell site. There is also an oil spill by BP and Shell in the Gulf killing birds and others, it is a shame. I voted this up, shared and pinned this. Kevin

anonymous 4 years ago This is a hard one to answer, but I say no. However, with the knowledge that our solar system is in motion (the earth has a helix motion around the sun), our position in the universe is ever changing and I am persuaded that this is a strong factor in the changes of our present environment.

Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN It is a natural cycle and man adds very little to it.

Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida I believe it is a cyclical change.

WilliamPower 5 years ago It's just normal change.

Arctic Tale: A Documentary on Global Warming & the Effects on the Polar Bear

This particular film could be shown to the entire school for an overall participation study themed unit as in an introduction to a science fair. Or you could make it a parent night or community event for Polar Bear or Global Warming awareness.

A heartbreaking documentary with statistics of global warming told in a story of Nanu and her natural enemy the walrus.

Great footage of the Arctic tundra from National Geographic.

A sobering film with a message to both child and adult.

Film could be divided into several viewing sessions.

Running time approximately 96 minutes.

Food Resources

UNIT 5

Polar Bear Food Chain

Polar bears are so adapted to living on ice that don't need to drink water;

they get the liquid they need from the prey they eat.

Polar Bears like watermelon.
Polar Bears like watermelon.

Polar Bears Search for Food - David Attenbourough - BBC wildlife

Polar Bear Menu

Polar Bear and the Hunt for Food

What exactly does a Polar bear like to eat? Although polar bears do like watermelons and even pumpkins, they are not likely to get those delicacies in the wild.

Polar bears, like other bears eat plants as well as meat, thus making them both herbivores and carnivores. Their main dish is the ringed or bearded seal, and it can kill an animal with one sharp blow of the paw. That's how strong they are.

In the summer time polar bears like to bask in the sun on the shores eating "bearberries" (or kinnikinnick berries) and plants. While on land they also hunt fox, birds and lemmings. As the weather cools down they have to begin looking for other sources of food and stroll up and down the shorelines for carcasses such as walruses, whales or even seals.

Although the polar bear doesn't have any real enemies among the animal kingdom, walruses do give them a run of trouble when in combat. Sometimes the fight is so intense that both animals may die from the battle.

Winter approaches and as the ice appears the polar bear begins to hunt seal for its main source of food. At any given meal the polar bear can put away a whopping 150-200 pounds of food at a time. The polar bear mainly relies on its sense of smell and hearing for food, and might even travel anywhere between 25-100 miles for a seal.

During periods of food shortage a polar bear can adapt and shift into their dormant state or what other bears do when hibernating. Their metabolism slows down where they do not have to eat or drink for a long time.

FYI: GO FISH! Contrary to what you may believe or have seen at the zoo, polar bears in the wild do not catch fish to eat unless they have nothing else available.

The "Bear" Facts about Mating & Babies

UNIT 6

Courtship of A Polar Bear - Be sure to read the caption for each photo.

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I have something I'd like to tell you.Let's take a stroll along the beach.Well, what is it?  Wait a minute, you have a little smutz on your chin.Would you like to dance? Sure why not.I love you. How about a great big bear hug.
I have something I'd like to tell you.
I have something I'd like to tell you.
Let's take a stroll along the beach.
Let's take a stroll along the beach.
Well, what is it?  Wait a minute, you have a little smutz on your chin.
Well, what is it? Wait a minute, you have a little smutz on your chin.
Would you like to dance? Sure why not.
Would you like to dance? Sure why not.
I love you. How about a great big bear hug.
I love you. How about a great big bear hug.

Female Polar Bears

The life of the female polar bear is quite different than the male.

To begin with polar bears don't start having cubs until they are about 4 or 5 years old, but it can be as late as 8 years old before they give birth.

Polar bears have a very slow reproductive cycle and they only have one to five litters in their lifetime.

The courtship begins with the lady bear wooing the male and showing off until she gets his attention. The mating season begins in March and lasts until about July.

Once a fertilized egg is implanted into the female it takes until September before it begins to develop.

It is during this time where she will pack on the weight, as much as 400 pounds over the next few months.


Ladies Only

Unique to female polar bears.
Unique to female polar bears.

Making Preparations

Now that the female is pregnant, she has to start making plans for her babies. Usually in the fall the bears hunt for their favorite food to prepare for the winter months by heading out onto the open ocean. This isn't so with the mothers-to-be who remain behind to find a place to have their cubs; they look for a snowbank along the coastline and begin to dig their own maternity rooms.

By now it is vital that the pregnant bear has eaten enough food to help her maintain her strength throughout the winter months. When I look at the life of a momma polar bear it reminds me of what it must have been like on Noah's ark.

During the entire time when the mother bear is denned up waiting for her cubs to be born, she does not eat or drink. What's more, she does not go to the bathroom. Anywhere between November and December the cubs will be born. A newborn cub only weighs 1 to 1 pounds.

Awaiting Springtime

Winter is about over but mother and babies will not come out of the den until spring, when she will teach them to hunt and defend themselves.

By now the cubs weigh about 10 to 20 pounds. The babies will be with their mother for 2 years (or about 28 months) while they nurse. She will not have another litter until this set has left her to fend for themselves.

Once they emerge from the den the mother continually has to defend her young, especially from adult bears who may try to kill them so they can mate with the female.


Watch this polar bear and dog interact on the video below. It will warm your heart.

Newbies & Cubbies

UNIT 7

Cute Twin Baby Polar Bears in China

Watch the birth of a polar bear - BBC wildlife

Few minutes after giving birth

Newborn Polar Bear cub being bottle fed.
Newborn Polar Bear cub being bottle fed.

Newbies

To see a newborn watch the short videos provided above and below.

We have learned that a female polar bear will go into a type of hibernation in the fall if she is pregnant and that she has to eat lots of food to build up her strength over a short period of time. Now that she is prepared, the mother in waiting makes her way into the den she has built and will remain there until the following spring.

The gestation time for a polar bear may vary from 190 to 260 days. Even though mating has taken place months before, the female polar bear has the ability to "postpone" the development of the egg until it becomes the ideal time to insure it has a greater chance of becoming fertile. Isn't that amazing?

Newborns have hardly any fur and are born deaf and blind with their eyes closed. They begin to see about one month old and can sense smell at almost two months. These slippery pink babies weigh less than 1 pounds and are about 11-14 inches long and don't walk until they are about two months old. They will not see the world until they are about 3-5 months old depending, on weather conditions, and will continue to feed off their mother's milk for the next few years.

NOTE: The Arkive videos provided in the link list to watch a newborn polar bear and its mother. You can see their actual size.

Describing A Bear Cub vs. Adult Bear

Have the class list the differences between the baby, cub and adult bear.

What changes in each period during the life of a bear?

Newborn Baby Polar Bears - Infants weigh a little more than a pound and are about 12-14 inches long.

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Baby Polar Bear Gets Rescued

Polar Bears at Play & Reality

These videos will enlighten and delight. Please take a look.

Cubby Bear & Playtime

Polar Bear Cubs out on the Arctic Ice - BBC Plant Earth

Polar Bear Cub Recess Time

Baby Polar Bear

Polar Bears and Dogs Playing

Baby Polar Bears Book for the Classroom Library

Polar Bear Cubs

Momma & Baby

This is a mural that can be displayed in the classroom or home.
This is a mural that can be displayed in the classroom or home.
First look at the real world.
First look at the real world.

Mother Polar Bear and Cubs Emerging from Den - BBC Planet Earth

Facts about the Polar Bear Cub

Polar bear cubs learn to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts. If they move, the mother disciplines them, with a whack to the head. Better get back in there little guy.

A sad fact is that about one half of the polar bears die when they are still cubs.

Venturing out into the real world is a hard wake-up, so the mother bear is always cautious that it is the right timing for her babies to meet the other side of the tunnel.

She makes her way outside the dwelling to check the surroundings before taking her cubs out of the sheltered den.


Cubbies Photos

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Momma & Baby Bear Coloring Page

Let's Go Swimming

Come on in, the water is great!

Do you like to swim? Well if you do, you have something in common with the polar bear. They have amazing fur. To look at a Polar bear you couldn't tell that its fur is oily and water repellant, which allows them to shake dry after they go swimming. No towels needed, pretty neat indeed.

Polar bears are wonderful swimmers, but they can get tired just like we do when they swim for long periods of time. A polar bear can swim about 6 miles an hour for up to 100 miles at a time. Sometimes they use ice as floats to cover large areas of distance so they do not tire. They swim by using their front paws as paddles that push the water behind them, and they use their back legs to steer them in the direction they want to go. It's like they have a built in motor.

BONUS INFORMATION

Did you have any idea that zoos have specialized the accommodations for a polar bear giving them refrigerated dens and ice cold pools? That's a little too cold for me.


Swimming Pretty - Fun & Games in the Water

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"Bearly" Swimming

If you could, would you like to swim with a Polar Bear?

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Momma & Cubby - Cubs to Adulthood (about 3 years old) Be sure to read the captions.

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This cubbie is getting heavier all the time.Oh, a little to the left.Faster mom, faster.Please, please, pretty please.  Can't we play a little longer?Just a few more feet and we would have been home.Did you see that?What a lovely place. They call it a zoo I think?I see it.  What is it?Come on kids, I'll show you one more time.Are we there yet?  How much farther is it?
This cubbie is getting heavier all the time.
This cubbie is getting heavier all the time.
Oh, a little to the left.
Oh, a little to the left.
Faster mom, faster.
Faster mom, faster.
Please, please, pretty please.  Can't we play a little longer?
Please, please, pretty please. Can't we play a little longer?
Just a few more feet and we would have been home.
Just a few more feet and we would have been home.
Did you see that?
Did you see that?
What a lovely place. They call it a zoo I think?
What a lovely place. They call it a zoo I think?
I see it.  What is it?
I see it. What is it?
Come on kids, I'll show you one more time.
Come on kids, I'll show you one more time.
Are we there yet?  How much farther is it?
Are we there yet? How much farther is it?

World of Knut

Knut the World's Most Loved Polar Bear - Learn about Knut on DVD. See below for details.

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Have you ever heard of Knut the Polar Bear?

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True Story of Knut & Friends DVD

Help your kids fall in love with Knut, the world's most famous polar bear, in this true-life story of the adorable cub who overcame overwhelming odds to survive.

Children can see how a loving zookeper in Berlin took Knut on as his own, caring for his every need including feeding him with a bottle and taking a swim.

The film also shows two other orphan cubs that did not receive the same treatment as they had to endure the harsh Arctic weather alone, and how they get into all kinds of trouble trying to survive on their own.

Borrow this DVD from the library or purchase it for class interaction. Divide the viewing time into several lessons for unit purposes.

It is beautifully photographed and DOVE approved. Running time approximately 86 minutes.


Who is Knut?

Learn more about Knut from Frankster at http://franksterk.hubpages.com/hub/goodbye-knut

Polar Bear Facts for Kids

Photo credit google royalty free images by fotosearch
Photo credit google royalty free images by fotosearch

Fabulously Fantastic Fun Fur Facts

If it's white, it must be white, right? Not so! As a matter of fact the polar bear's fur is not white at all. Would you believe it is actually hollow or transparent? The "appearance of white" is actually the reflection of the light, which allows the heat of the sun to be trapped in the fur to keep the bears warm.

A human head has about 20,000 hairs per square inch. But our very hairy friend the polar bear has about a million hairs per square inch of its body to help it stay warm on land or water.


A Hairy Question

Did you know that the Polar Bear's fur was transparent?

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Fun Photos

Polar Bear Pictures

Fun Photos, No Fooling - Read the caption under each photo.

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I can't believe I ate the whole thing.That was so funny.I just can't make it to the bed.  This looks like a good place to nap.Plum tuckered out.Ok Doc, what do you see?I'm so embarrassed.  All these people looking at me.Yes, you are pinned.It's all in the family.Hey, can I hitch a ride.  Going north ya know.Oh no, another ice migrane!
I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
That was so funny.
That was so funny.
I just can't make it to the bed.  This looks like a good place to nap.
I just can't make it to the bed. This looks like a good place to nap.
Plum tuckered out.
Plum tuckered out.
Ok Doc, what do you see?
Ok Doc, what do you see?
I'm so embarrassed.  All these people looking at me.
I'm so embarrassed. All these people looking at me.
Yes, you are pinned.
Yes, you are pinned.
It's all in the family.
It's all in the family.
Hey, can I hitch a ride.  Going north ya know.
Hey, can I hitch a ride. Going north ya know.
Oh no, another ice migrane!
Oh no, another ice migrane!

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Photo credit from royalty free google images
Photo credit from royalty free google images

Polar Bear Teachig Resources on DVD Video

The Great White Bear
The Great White Bear

Filmed in the Svalbard region of Norway the program follows the lives of a mother polar bear and two cubs over the first two years of the cubs' lives. Documentary highlights the coming out of the den, practicing the ice-breaking technique used in hunting.

Running time approx. 55 min.

 

How to celebrate Polar Bear Day - At the zoo Polar Bears are a favorite of most kids around the country.

Whatever way you chose to celebrate our furry friend the Polar Bear, make sure that everyone has a 'beary" good time.

  • Celebrate Polar Bear Day by visiting the zoo to see live Polar Bears.
  • Watch documentaries of Polar Bear Day.
  • Read books about Polar Bears.
  • Do a polar bear craft with kids at home or at school.
  • Plant a tree and express your love for the Earth.
  • Bake polar bear shaped cookies and frost with white icing.
  • BIG BEAR IDEAS FOR ADULTS

    Put on some warm clothes and turn down the heat.

  • Turn off your car engine or park it and walk instead of letting the engine run.
  • Reduce your energy usage and CO2, invest in a "Kill A Watt" or Power Cost monitor.
  • Save money and reduce CO2 by coordinating a community service day to contribute weather-stripping to houses for senior citizens.
  • Put in solar panels at your work place, community center or home.
  • Organize an event to raise awareness and funds to accompany Polar Bear Day like a polar bear plunge.
  • Join in Polar Bear awareness and care by adopting a Polar bear through donations.

Educational Resources

Books about Polar Bears - I found these in our local library.

If these are not part of your local library you could consider donating them. They are available at most book stores.
If these are not part of your local library you could consider donating them. They are available at most book stores.

Polar Bear Books & Videos for the Classroom

This is a suggested reading list for students and a resource list for the classroom to enhance or enrich this Polar Bear Study Unit.

A Polar Bear Journey by Debbie S. Miller (Author), Jon Van Zyle (Illustrator)

Animal Planet: Growing Up Arctic - Season 1 DVD

Polar Bear (All-Star Readers: Level 3) Young readers become a part of the lives of two polar bear cubs as they grow up in the icy North. Fascinating facts make this an incredible reading adventure-from the cubs' birth to the day they head out on their own.

Arctic Exposure With Nigel Marven
Arctic Exposure With Nigel Marven

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. Film shows many arctic animals, and not just the always glamorous polar bear. You see arctic foxes, lemmings, walruses, harbor seals, beluga whales, arctic wolves, musk oxen, ptarmigans, arctic terns, snowy owls in both their winter and summer coats. There is a scene where you see the polar bear catching a ringed seal, but it's not the focal point, and the movie doesn't linger over this. A good educational film. Running time approx. 206 min.

 

Polar Bear Resources for Teachers

Below you will find an extensive list of educational links and tools for your classroom needs and study units on Polar Bears. I hope you take full use of these resources and find them beneficial.

More educational links and videos are provided following this list.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/cr...

Fascinating Facts Resources

More topics about polar bears: from ask.com search polar bear facts.

http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/polar-bear-day.html

http://www.ask.com/web?q=polar%20bear%20facts&askid=d027f339-aa19-413c-b2dc-8dba5f311216-0-us_gse&kv=sdb&dqi=polar%20bear%20facts&qsrc=999&o=102273&l=dir

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/polar_bear.php http://animal.discovery.com/mammals/polar-bear/ http://animal.discovery.com/tv/bears/ http://homeschooling.about.com/od/holidays/ss/February-Worksheets_9.html

Word Searches for Teachers on Polar Bears

Printables, Word Searches, Puzzles, Polls. Quizzes

I have spend hour upon hour writing, drawing and compiling all the data need for my unit exams or activity packets. I have found that these were some good resources that were not available when I wrote my curriculum.

http://www.printactivities.com/Word_Search_Puzzles/PolarBear-Word-Search1.html

http://www.printactivities.com/Theme-Printables/PolarBear-Printables.html

www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/...9E7D.../polarbear_crossword.pdf atozteacherstuff.com/Printables/Word_Puzzles/

www.flashgamesplayer.com/online/polar-bowler.html use for polls & quizzes

http://endangeredpolarbear.com/fun_facts_about_polar_bears.htm http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/polarbearday.htm http://www.bear.org/website/bear-pages/polar-bear/22/70-polar-bear-facts.html

http://www.polarbearsalive.org/facts.htm http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/animals/mammals/polarbear.htm


Class Trip Zoo Activities

Activities at the zoo from:

One place that I tried to incorporate in large unit studies to tie subjects together was visiting a local zoo. Many zoos offer guides, handouts and points of interest if you let them know in advance that your class will be visiting their zoo.

https://www.kansascityzoo.org/Event/Event.asp?IdS=00264E-6505510&EntryType=Public&Id=751

http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2010/Polar-bear-day.aspx

http://www.kidssoup.com/polar-bear/polar-bear-activities.html

http://bendo13.hubpages.com/hub/February-27th-is-International-Polar-Bear-Day

http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/

http://www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours/?gclid=CPruu5vNlq4CFSFeTAodGzcIew

http://thepetwiki.com/wiki/International_Polar_Bear_Day

http://www.myinterestingfacts.com/10-interesting-polar-bear-facts/

http://02varvara.wordpress.com/2008/12/14/polar-bear-day-a-celebration-at-the-perm-zoo/

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/photo-of-the-day-polar-bear-plays-king-of-the-hill.html

http://www.cheriestihler.com/PP/PolkaDotz.html

http://scinewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/polar-bears-are-irish.html

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/polar-bear/

http://www.kidzone.ws/sg/polarbear/polar_bear.html

Amazing Arctic & Antarctic Projects - You Can Build Yourself

Polar Bears in Churchill - Manitoba Canada North

Manitoba Bear Run

Polar Bear Tourism: The best place to view polar bears in the wild is the small town of Churchill at Hudson Bay.

The polar bears often walk within 10 feet of the visiting eco-tourists going into the town of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. You can tour Churchill and see this magnificent sight yourself.

Have you ever heard of Churchill, Manitoba in Canada where the Polar Bear often visits?

Would you like to tour Churchill and visit with the Polar Bears?

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National Polar Bear Facts Coloring Page

A good worksheet for follow-up on a lesson.
A good worksheet for follow-up on a lesson.

Maze - Help the Polar Bear get back to land.

Fun homework page or inside activity worksheet.
Fun homework page or inside activity worksheet.

Polar Bear Cartoon

Image by Tyler Martin
Image by Tyler Martin

And Lord, please let the water freeze.

A polar bear's prayer.
A polar bear's prayer.

Proceeds go to the charity: N.O.A.H.

(No Outcast Animal Homeless)

Disclaimer

I am not debating whether or not Global Warming is an issue.

But there is proof the bears

are dying off rapidly.

Is it possible there is

a warming issue?

Because I believe there was a global flood that destroyed the crystaline shell, I believe it is possible to have climate conditions change.

However, global warming is not going to destroy what God has ordained. Only He has the power to do that.

Poll: Have I Helped You?

Do you feel you are better informed about the life of a Polar Bear after reading and participating in this study unit?

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      Fay Favored 16 months ago from USA

      Polar bears have always interested me, and seeing how smart the "ladies" are just makes me smile. Absolutely love teaching on these pals and it would be fantastic to see them in their natural environment, but I guess the zoos will have to suffice for now.

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      Mary Norton 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Polar bears always look really photogenic. Now, I know a bit more about them. It would be fun to see them in their environment.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      colorfulone I absolutely loved researching this topic. It was so interesting putting it all together. Love seeing you!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Polar Bears are awesome creatures. You have gone all out on this with information, photos, and videos. Really an excellent job, Fay.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      The Examiner I learned so much more in researching this unit. These are incredible animals. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your sharing it.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      The Examiner I learned so much more in researching this unit. These are incredible animals. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your sharing it.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      This is a shame for the polar bears Fay. I have heard of global warming and some of the things about it but not all. Just like I heard of some of the things about polar bears but I learned more reading this. Thank you.

      I looked at the site talking about Shell. That is another shame. Just like the oil spill by BP in the gulf killing birds, sea creatures, etc. They are awful. I liked this and voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @ecogranny: Appreciate your feedback. Thanks for stopping by to visit.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for providing this resource and lesson plans to help children learn about polar bears. I am especially grateful for your emphasis on global warming and the cost to the polar bear population.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merry, nice to see you.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Love polar bears so I was glad to see you covered National Polar Bear Day. And what an incredibly thorough lens. So much info here. Great lens. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @LaraineRoses: Laraine I appreciate your visit and comment. I've enjoyed your articles so much.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Yes. Wonderful resource.

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      Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Although I have done an extensive study on climate change and the effects on animal life, I did learn a lot about the habits of the polar bear. This is so well lpresented that it was a joy to read. Thank you!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Yes this page is usefull i never had knew that the day like this exist :P thanks

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      moneyrat 4 years ago

      Hmm I didn't know polar bears have their own day too ! They look cute when they are cubs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was an awesome lens! I'm sending it off to someone. I've heard about the relationship polar bears have with dogs. Now I got to see it too! Thanks for a great lens! I learned lots!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Everything is beautiful here, fun quizzes, photos and great info!! Blessed!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This was an inspirational lens for me today to add to the inspirational quest. I was looking for a "blue" item also, thought of glaciers and ended up here somehow. Blessed by a Squid Angel...a jam-packed lens full of bear stuff!

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      great lens thanks for sharing

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      Senditondown 4 years ago from US

      This is my favorite article of the year. It is so well written and has everything you would need for a complete classroom study unit. Really well thought out. It has made us more aware of the life of a polar bear and what our part is in their survival.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I"m adding National Polar Bear day to my calendar. I love polar bears, and we all need a little something to look forward to in February.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Like celebrating this.

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      funbee lm 5 years ago

      I didn't know there was a National Polar Bear day, some of these pictures are adorable!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      This is a fantastic lens. My husband bought me a cute little stuffed polar bear after visiting one at the zoo. Huge.

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Such a cute lens and the pictures are amazing.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Wonderful photos -- just can't get enough of those pictures! I love Polar Bears and though I thought I knew about them, I did learn a few new things in your lens! Lots of research! Enjoyable read.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely a creature worthy of their own day - thank you kindly for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I think this is one of the best animal pages I've seen here. Great job! Blessed!

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for making this lens, it was both moving and educational and I hope it reaches as many people as possible, thanks for sharing.

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      iumomma 5 years ago

      High Five!!! Very informational article and great pictures!

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      Konrad1 5 years ago

      High Five !!!!!!!!! Like the part of the baby polar bears.

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      MomTips 5 years ago

      Hi Five,great lens!!!

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      andersongh 5 years ago

      It is very good information about the polar bears. Thanks for sharing it and keep it up!

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      High Five. A complete course in Polar Bearology. Love the chin sliding bear.

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      niceguy13 lm 5 years ago

      "High Five" I really like your lens! Keep up the great work!

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      High Five! You have so much packed into one post I feel I know everything (or as much as I could fit into my brain) about polar bears now. I do want to see the polar bears in Churchill. But, I've heard they mostly prowl around in the garbage dump. That's where people end up going to see them.

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      "High Five" again...guess that means "hanging ten" lol. I also love your polar bear pushing his nose on the ice...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dropping by here again to tell you that this lens is my most favorite on National High Five Day :) Have wonderful times.. always.. dear friend :)

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      dannydeu 5 years ago

      "High Five", great photos. keep up the good work.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      A Squid High Five for outstanding images!

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      Craig O 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      High Five! This is one of the best lenses I've seen great pics and information.

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very informative.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Fabulous piece of work, and well deserving of a purple star, well done.

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      Jennifer Alison Emmer 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Holy mackerel! What a lens. I think you should write a book about Polar Bears. I thoroughly enjoyed your lens. Thank you. ~ Jennifer

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      mlt89 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens :) It's well thought out and packed full of great information - fantastic lens!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      congratulations for winning the purple star. i squidliked and blessed this lens already.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Congrats on your purple star! It is well-deserved. Blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow...awesome.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Very well done.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Spectacular lens with so much info and beautiful pictures. I'm in love with the baby bears! Blessed!

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Excellent polar bear lens - congratulations on the Purple Star,

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      RCGraphicsDesign 5 years ago

      I'm telling you - we have to write Congress and have this mad a national holiday. Better yet a national holiday week :-) Great lens - thanks for sharing.

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      This has been very interesting.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      A fantastic article! You put so much into this and it is filled with resources. Very well done! :)

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful lens. loved it, thanks for sharing with us, I can see you enjoyed making it. Blessed

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      ludyshubs 5 years ago

      Congratulations for this great lens. I enjoyed learning about polar bears.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very well-made lens about those odd holidays that everyone may not know about. I do hope that the climate change doesn't take the polar bear away from us. They are amazing animals.

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Absolutely fantastic lens. You did an exceptional job. I love that kids and adults will learn more about my favorite bears. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens on Polar Bears

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      This lens was wonderful!! You have some incredible facts and information, all of it was great to learn. Thank you for sharing and working so hard on this lens!

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      This is one of the best and most perfect lens I've visited! You've got practically everything there is to know about Polar Bears! Awesome lens! 2 Thumbs Up!

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      LooLooBird 5 years ago

      WOW- INFORMATION! This is a great lens, very nice lay out and I like the quizzes after each 'unit'. This would be great even to use in a class room! Nice job!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Very interactive lens; lots of fun. Thanks!

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

      Awesome lense. I got full information about Polar Bear. Thanks for Sharing

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

      Awesome lense. I got full information about Polar Bear. Thanks for Sharing

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      of course, this lens deserves all the blessings especially today. it's national polar bear day.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      of course, this lens deserves all the blessings especially today. it's national polar bear day.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this well-researched and wonderful lens about polar bears. congratulations for being listed no. 1 in the front page of polar bear quest. naturally, your lens is my quest entry. by the way, you can add that knut, the german bear, died already last year in march. his zoo caretaker died also.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I learned a lot about Polar Bears from this. First I read the article and then took the quizzes and voted. This was fun with all the interactive modules.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Fascinating resource about Polar Bears. I'll now be very well informed when celebrating National Polar Bear Day on February 27th.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Very nice! I learned some new things about Polar Bears.

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      AnnaAdam LM 5 years ago

      Very informative lens about Polar bear.