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The Best Sites For Learning About Polar Bears

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This list is a companion to The Best Sites To Learn About Pandas. They’re both endangered, they’re both big, they’re both cute, and I wouldn’t want to get very close to either one of them out in the wild!

You might also be interested in:

The Best Sites For Learning About Animals.

The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day)

The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change

The Best Sites For Learning About Penguins

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Polar Bears (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

You can see a short video about the plight of polar bears at The Guardian.

Houghton Mifflin has a science interactive about polar bears.

The BBC has a very accessible interactive giving information about the polar bear.

The BBC also has a much more extensive multimedia site about the animals.

The Polar Bear Plunge is an impressive interactive from the San Diego Zoo. In addition to all of its great resources, though, they also have some games that have no educational value, so you’d want to carefully monitor your students if they go to that site.

If you go to National Grid Floe, and then click on “Befriend A Bear,” you’ll be prompted to register (it will take seconds) and you can begin interacting with a polar bear cub. You can play different games with it — but only after you answer questions related to living more environmentally responsible. The questions are fairly simple, and should be accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners. And that cub is just so darn cute!

The BBC has another very, very simple site on polar bears.

Polar Bear Protection Program is the headline of an article from Scholastic News.

Studying Polar Bears is a slideshow from The New York Times.

Face To Face With Polar Bears is a CNN video.

Polar Bears and Climate Change is another CNN video.

ABC News has several videos on polar bears.

Here’s a multimedia exercise on polar bears for English Language Learners.

National Geographic has a ton of related resources.

Here’s a great lesson from The English Club on polar bears.

Check out this video of polar bear cubs at play:

Suggestions are welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

4 Comments

  1. These are great lists, Larry! For my writing challenge this month we created a Wallwisher where English learners wrote tips for the environment. It was a fun way to introduce English learners to a great online tool.
    Anyhow, you may want to include this resource on Polar Bears. I must get busy and add some more lessons in this section on the environment:
    http://www.englishclub.com/environment/endangered-species.htm

  2. Hi Larry!

    Any idea about distance learning? I’m interested in polar bears but I would like to attend courses, meetings, etc.

    Thanks the information.

  3. Hi Larry, thanks anyway and I’ll check all the information you’ve posted.

    Best whishes.

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