Polar Bear Toolkit

Teaching Tools About Polar Bears

Within the polar bear toolkit are activities on the role human impact and climate change play on the future of this respected animal and the Arctic.

Available Toolkit Files

  • Full Polar Bear Toolkit

    The polar bear toolkit provides a resource guide and six activities around this iconic species, the threats they face, and what we can do to protect polar bears for generations to come.

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  • Educator's Resource Guide

    The polar bear resource guide is designed to give you all the information you need to teach your students about polar bears and climate change. The guide provides fun polar bear facts, why they matter, what threats they face, what WWF is doing to help polar bears and the Arctic, and what kids can do. It also includes a fun polar bear word puzzle to do with your students.

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  • Polar Bear Classroom Presentation

    The Polar Bear Classroom Presentation (PPT) reflects the information provided in the Educator’s Resource Guide in an easy to give interactive classroom presentation for students. Through the slides, students will learn general polar bear information, why polar bears matter, threats to polar bears, how WWF protects polar bears, and what kids can do to protect polar bears.

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  • Paw to Paw

    Arts Education Activity

    Students learn about adaptations while creating plaster handprint models, comparing their own to that of the polar bear paw print.

    (60-90 minutes | Grades 3-5)

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  • Climate Trackers

    Science Activity

    Students will gain an understanding of how much is affected when climate is altered, both in their own environment and society and in the Arctic, by observing patterns and creating climate timelines.

    (60-90 minutes | Grades 3-5)

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  • What's the Connection?

    Science Activity

    Through cause-and-effect modeling, students will learn how their daily uses of energy are connected to the future of polar bears.

    (45-60 minutes | Grades 3-5)

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  • My Day on Patrol

    Language Arts Activity

    After reading an excerpt from the diary of a polar bear patrol team member, students will create a journal entry imagining they are a part of the team protecting polar bears and people.

    (30-45 minutes | Grades 3-5)

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  • Arctic Defense Team

    Social Studies Activity

    Students will practice democratic leadership and responsibility by working together to create a powerful argument on why drilling in the Arctic should be prohibited.

    (30-45 minutes | Grades 3-5)

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  • Polar Bear Freeze

    Physical Education Activity

    This polar bear-themed twist on a classic game allows students to understand the requirements and struggles of polar bears trying to catch a meal and stay alive.

    (20-30 minutes | Grades 3-5)

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  • Polar Bear Posters (8.5x11)

    Classroom Posters

    Download one PDF file containing both 8.5x11 polar bear posters.

  • Polar Bear Posters (11x17)

    Classroom Posters

    Download one PDF file containing both 11x17 polar bear posters.

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Student Recognition

    Reward your students' completion of the toolkit with this printable PDF certificate.

Polar Bear and Climate Change Video Playlist

We've compiled the following playlist of polar bear and climate change-related videos to compliment the activities within the Polar Bear Toolkit. For more educational videos and Q&A sessions with our experts, subscribe to WWF's Wild Classroom YouTube channel.