Polar Bears Reading Extravaganza

Hollie Griffith
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Snow, Penguins, & Polar Bears: EXTRAVAGANZA Bundle

This polar bear extravaganza is jam packed with FUN! Use this bundle to explore fiction and nonfiction reading strategies and skills while learning about bears. It includes comprehension guides, reading response sheets, language arts printables, writing activities, a polar bear glyph, polar bear craftivity/hat, web quest, research projects, and so much more!!

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Inside you will find…
A Book About Polar Bears – A nonfiction book/PowerPoint presentation

Reading Comprehension Guides
-Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett – Comprehension Packet{predictions, vocabulary, word work (abc order, root words, vowel sounds), comprehension questions}

-Sleepover Larry by Daniel Pinkwater – Comprehension Packet {surveying the book, vocabulary, word work (shades of meaning, syllables), comprehension questions, making connections}

-Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne – Chapter by chapter comprehension guide (Perfect for guided reading groups)
-Student Cover Sheet
-Chapter 1-2 vocabulary, 6 comprehension questions, making inferences, visual images
-Chapter 3-4 vocabulary, 5 comprehension questions, contractions
-Chapter 5-6 vocabulary, 5 comprehension questions, idioms, making predictions, character traits
-Chapter 7-8 vocabulary, 5 comprehension questions, nouns, verbs, adjectives
-Chapter 9-10 vocabulary, 5 comprehension questions, making connections
-Answer Key

Reading Response Sheets
-Fact/Opinion Response Sheet – After reading an informational book about polar bears, students can list facts that they have learned and the various opinions that they have about the topic.
-Visual Images Response Sheet
-Making Connections Response Sheet
-Making Inferences Response Sheet
-Setting Response Sheet
-Character Comparison Response Sheet
-Polar Bears Can/Have/Are/Need
-SQ3R Reading Response Sheet - While using this strategy, students will need to survey the book and then form questions to guide their reading. After reading the book to the class, I usually let my students pair up and retell the story to a friend. We then get back together and I show each page of the book to allow time for students to determine if they left anything important out of their retelling.

Penguin Glyph – Patterns, pictures, graph, and graph questions included.

Writing and Research
-Polar Bear Web Quest – Use the QR code or use the link to research Polar Bears.
-Polar Bear Web, Four Square, Writing Paper (2 options) – After reading/researching Polar Bears students can write an informational piece. (One year I had my students write as if they were the Polar Bear. The title was: If I Were a Polar Bear…)
-Polar Bear Page Topper – Display student writing with this quick and easy polar bear craftivity. The polar bear pattern can also be glued to a sentence strip to make a cute hat!

Language Arts Printables
-Fact and Opinion – Students cut and sort fact and opinions.
-Quotation Marks or Not?– Students cut and sort sentences that need quotations marks. Students add quotation marks to correct the sentences.
-Correct the sentences – Students write sentences correctly (commas in a list, commas in dates, proper nouns, punctuation).
-Expand the Sentences – Add adjectives to expand sentences.
-/tr/ or /ch/ word sort – Students cut and sort words based on the beginning digraph or blend.

Table Headers and Desk Name Plates {Editable}

Book Suggestions:
Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne
Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland
Sleepover Larry by Daniel Pinkwater
Irving and Puktuk: Two Bad Bears by Daniel Pinkwater

Caroline Arnold’s Animals: Polar Bear’s World by Caroline Arnold
Waiting for Ice by Sandra Markle
Ice Bear and Little Fox by Jonathan London
Face to Face with Polar Bears by Norbert Rosing
Ice Bears by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Growing Up Wild Bears by Sandra Markle
Polar Bears by Valerie Bodden
Knut: One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World by Juliana Isabella and Craig Hatkoff
Total Pages
101 pages
Answer Key
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