Polar Bear Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade

Stephanie Trapp
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What do polar bears eat? Where do they live? Find out the answers to these questions and more during this polar bear unit for kindergarten and first grade! The week-long comprehensive unit includes detailed daily lesson plans with literature suggestions. It incorporates science, reading, writing, math, handwriting and art. It also includes a STEAM activity and links to videos that complement the unit study.

Click on the PREVIEW to read each lesson plan, see the Week-at-a-Glance planning sheet, as well as examples of printables and art projects.

Teacher Features You’ll Love:

  • Detailed daily lesson plans
  • Week-at-a-glance planning guide
  • Key concepts and objectives
  • Extensive literature list
  • Video links and QR codes
  • Activity directions and printable templates

What’s Covered in the Unit?

Day 1: Where do Polar Bears Live? (Habitats)

  • Home sweet home habitat comparison
  • Begin polar bear book (two options; students add to it each day)
  • Arctic opinion writing

Day 2: How Do Polar Bears Survive in the Cold? (Structure & Function/Adaptations)

  • Label parts of a polar bear
  • Warm in winter writing
  • Blubber experiment
  • Add to polar bear book

Day 3: What Do Polar Bears Eat? (Carnivores, Herbivores, Omnivores)

  • What’s for Lunch? writing
  • Food chain activity
  • Add to polar bear book

Day 4: How Do Polar Bears Take Care of Their Cubs? (Life Cycle)

  • Polar Bear Den STEAM activity
  • Polar Bear Life Cycle Craft
  • Growing Up writing
  • Add to polar bear book

Day 5: Are Polar Bears Like Grizzly Bears? (Variation of Traits)

  • Polar Vs. Grizzly Activity
  • Easy, no-bake polar bear cookies
  • Polar bear writing craft
  • Polar bear directed drawing

Math Connections:

  • Math game for a math center
  • Ordering numbers least to greatest
  • Counting
  • Place value: tens and ones
  • Addition to 10, 20 and 100
  • Missing addends
  • Subtraction within 10, 20 and 100
  • Making ten
  • Comparing numbers: larger/smaller and with >, <, =
  • Graphing
  • Measuring
  • Word problems

Literacy Connections:

  • Polar bear word wall
  • “A Cub in the Tub” emergent reader
  • Beginning, medial and ending letter sounds
  • Beginning and ending blends
  • Rhyming
  • Read and write cvce words with long i
  • Punctuation
  • Verbs
  • Homophones
  • Polar bear report writing
  • Polar Bears at Play writing activity
  • Polar Bear in the Pool writing activity

Questions? Feel free to click on the "Q & A" tab to contact me here or email me at primarythemepark@gmail.com.

Find more cross-curricular units for K-1 HERE.

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Total Pages
165 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents. Examples of patterns could include features plants or animals share. Examples of observations could include leaves from the same kind of plant are the same shape but can differ in size; and, a particular breed of dog looks like its parents but is not exactly the same. Assessment does not include inheritance or animals that undergo metamorphosis or hybrids.
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. Examples of patterns could include that animals need to take in food but plants do not; the different kinds of food needed by different types of animals; the requirement of plants to have light; and, that all living things need water.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs. Examples of plants and animals changing their environment could include a squirrel digs in the ground to hide its food and tree roots can break concrete.
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. Examples of patterns of behaviors could include the signals that offspring make (such as crying, cheeping, and other vocalizations) and the responses of the parents (such as feeding, comforting, and protecting the offspring).
Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live. Examples of relationships could include that deer eat buds and leaves, therefore, they usually live in forested areas; and, grasses need sunlight so they often grow in meadows. Plants, animals, and their surroundings make up a system.


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