Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A fully grown male polar bear can weigh as much as eight human adults.
  • Polar bears use their paws to spread their weight evenly over the surface of the ice, which helps them travel across the ice without falling through it.
  • Polar bears use their powerful limbs to swim for long periods of time and cover great distances.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Habitats
  • Adaptation

Spark a discussion

  • How are polar bears able to move across ice without falling through it?
  • What other features allow polar bears to survive in their natural habitat?
  • Imagine you're designing a vehicle that can travel over ice without falling through it. What would your design be like?

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