POLAR BEARS . 5 days of FUN animal research w/ video links, literacy, science

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Whether it's Winter or ANY time of year, kids will LOVE this primary-appropriate animal research project about polar bears! :) You'll love the quick, daily writing practice they get with beginning and ending sounds, blends, digraphs, & sight words... all "cleverly disguised" as an engaging animal research project.



This resource includes:

  • a print-and-go PDF file so you can make a packet for each of your students
  • an answer key and teaching tips
  • the Google Slides edition of this resource
  • links to 13 coordinating video clips that make every lesson come ALIVE! More details below.

I like to work through the packet by doing one page a day together. The first page is a diagram (complete with fabulous facts about each part). You'll guide students to learn what the part is called, think about how to write it (model), give them time to write it, and then move on to the next blank. Other pages include: habitat, food, babies, and fun facts. Each page includes about 10 blanks where students will have to (with your guidance) fill in things like: missing letter sounds (beginning and ending), simple sight words, blends, digraphs, or numbers. It's all very AUTHENTIC and IN-CONTEXT, which makes it more MEANINGFUL and FUN for everyone!!!

PLUS... you also get:

⭐️ 13 totally teacher-approved, embedded and easy-to-view YouTube video clips (most are about 30 seconds to 4 min- perfect for little attention spans) that make what your students learned about each day COME TO LIFE! Learn about baby polar bears and then SEE them emerge from their den for the first time and play in the snow (without having to spend your precious teacher time surfing the internet for clips that are appropriate and interesting- been there, done that, and I gotcha covered! There are SO MANY AMAZING vids linked in the Google Slides show you receive!).

By the end of the 5 days, your little learners will have gained lots of great literacy practice and they'll feel like proud little polar bear experts! Chances are good YOU will have even learned some cool new info as well (I know I learned a lot researching and creating this project! Animals are fascinating! I worked hard to pull out truly interesting facts and not just the basic blah blah blah). :)

If you enjoy this concept, I have many more animal research projects that follow this same format. I like to study a new animal every week with my class. The FALL ANIMAL RESEARCH BUNDLE would be a perfect way to test this out with your class! At the end of last school year as my class was reminiscing about all their favorite things we learned during the year, the first things the named were EVERY ANIMAL we studied... I was shocked! It affirmed for me how memorable and powerful these research projects are. ❤️ They don't take a ton of time and the kids LOVE them.