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Virtual Field Trip

On-Demand Event

#CelebratewithDE as we return to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the annual polar bear migration. Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Find out about these extraordinary animals and learn more about the careers open to you on the tundra.

Learn About Polar Bears and Their Environment

This year we hosted two events, each targeted to a specific age range, although all ages were welcome to watch. Looking for resources to support your viewing of these virtual experiences? Jump to the bottom of the page for associated classroom materials.

Paws Up for Polar Bears

Content tailored to elementary school students.
What makes polar bears so cool? Join us to learn some neat polar bear facts and how you can help protect this very special animal, no matter where you live.

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Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears

Content tailored to upper elementary through high school students.
Ever wondered what it might be like to work with the great white bear? Watch our on-demand event to learn about some very different jobs that all involve polar bears, and find out what skills you might need (or already have!) to do the same.

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Objectives and Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities

Activities Supporting Paws Up for Polar Bears
Instructional Idea: Animal Animation
Have students collaborate with the help of Paper Slides to highlight some of the physical characteristics of polar bears in an animated video. After students have experienced Tundra Connections and learned more about polar bears, encourage them to work together in various roles to create an original video about these amazing animals. | Get Started

Activities Supporting Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears
Instructional Idea: Connect to Career
Students connect to a new career idea using Connect the Dots, an activity that encourages students to make text-to-self connections. After participating in Tundra Connections and exploring additional Discovery Education resources, students will be inspired to imagine a career that would make the most of their unique interests and skills. | Get Started

Classroom Collaborative Project

Our classroom collaborative projects use a unique, web-based educational platform, GlobalLab, to enable students, teachers, and learners of all ages to pose questions and together find answers. Enhance your experience of the Tundra Connections virtual experience by participating in our collaborative project and connect with classrooms around the world.

Heat Transfer: The Great Ice Melt
(Grades K-8) In this collaborative global project, students explore how heat is transferred between objects, how this transfer changes matter, and why it is so important to our lives. Students learn through a hands-on experiment with different conductors and insulators.

Timely Content

Each month we highlight key Discovery Education resources, lesson starters, webinars and live events thematically tied to special events, celebrations, or commemorations that you may be teaching in your classrooms.