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Polar Bears

Rosing, Norbert (Author)
Firefly Books 2010. 56 pages
First published: 2010
ISBN: 9781554076239 (paperback)
9781554075997 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 599.786
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Over 50 stunning photographs pay tribute to “the largest land predator on Earth” in this book about the majestic polar bear. Readers will learn how these giants not only survive, but thrive in the frigid Arctic ecosystem. Photos and text work together to give readers insight into how these creatures live in exceedingly harsh conditions.

Four main sections include “Early Days,” “Adapting to the Land,” “Arctic Neighbors” and “At Home in the Arctic.” Each high-quality colour photo is paired with a caption: “This photo of a cub giving a ‘high-five’ to its mother” accompanies a charming full-page photo of a playful polar bear cub raising one paw in the air; an adult bear that appears to be walking on its hind legs is actually “pouncing on a mouse that’s traveling in tunnels beneath the snow.”

A full-page introduction offers some history and a few bear facts, and mentions the fact, without dwelling on it, that polar bears face possible extinction due to a warming climate. Rounding things off is a list of additional bear facts in Q & A format, a map of the Arctic and an index.

  •  

    Read the habitat map on page 54 and find the same area on a globe. Why are polar bears found only near the North Pole and not the South?

  •  

    Jot down interesting facts in your science notebook. Include at least one sketch.

  •  

    Imagine and research the difficulties the photographer might have faced. Choose a photo and add a comment on a sticky note.

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    Compare the animals’ activities to those of humans. For example, the cubs snuggle with their mother and get piggy-back rides; so do humans.

  •  Write a realistic diary entry: A Day in the Life of a Polar Bear Cub. Integrate facts from the text.
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    Browse through the book and identify the structures and features (table of contents, index, map, glossary, facts) of a non-fiction book.

  •  Select a few interesting facts about this animal. Draw a mind map and share your information with peers.
  •  

    Compare the animals’ activities to those of humans. For example, the cubs snuggle with their mother and get piggy-back rides; so do humans. Jot down your findings in a graphic organizer.

  •  

    Scan the text for names of places. Find them on a map and use a sticky note to indicate what happens there.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology