Read-Aloud Lesson: Where Do Polar Bears Live?
Where Do Polar Bears Live? | 710L
- Learning Goal
- Identify and recall characteristics that allow polar bears to survive in an extremely cold Arctic environment.
- Part 1: Approximately 20 minutesPart 2: Approximately 10-15 minutesPart 3: Approximately 10-15 minutes
- Necessary Materials
1. Detailed lesson plan
2. Graphic organizer for guided practice
3. Independent student worksheet
Where Do Polar Bears Live?
Globe (or map of the world)
This lesson is a close reading of the entire text. So it’s important to engage students often, to enhance their learning. Here are two tips:
- When you ask the more complex questions from the lesson, ask students to “turn-and-talk” or “buddy-talk” before answering.
Once you are deep into the lesson, instead of asking students every question provided, ask them to share with you what questions they should be asking themselves at that point in the text. This is also a great opportunity to use "turn-and-talk."
- Suggested teacher language is included in the lesson.
- We recommend you read the book once to your students, either the day or morning before teaching the lesson.
- This research-based, read-aloud lesson may seem long. Why do students need the lesson to be this way?
Part 1: Teacher Modeling and Questioning
Write the following student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will be able to explain why polar bears can live where it is really, really cold.
Teacher says: Imagine living in a place where some days in the winter it is fifty degrees BELOW zero (Fahrenheit)! That is so cold! It is actually like that in the winter time in an area called the Arctic. We are going to read about a kind of bear that lives in the Arctic.
While I read, listen carefully for the characteristics of polar bears that allow them to stay warm and well fed with food in the Arctic. You will need to listen carefully, because there are at least five characteristics of polar bears mentioned in this book that help them survive in the Arctic.
Teacher says (models thinking): This page describes a big island in the Arctic area. The picture shows what part of the island looks like. We read that this island is covered with snow. We also read that no trees grow there and nothing has green leaves. The land of the island is white. Everything the book has told us, we also see in the picture.
I know that the land is covered with snow and that there are no trees on the island. From that evidence, or information, in the book, I understand why the land is white for as far as you can see.
Part 2: Guided Practice and Discussion
- Thick fur helps the polar bear stay warm.
- Black skin that soaks up the heat of the sun helps the polar bear stay warm.
- A layer of fat that keeps in the heat of its body helps the polar bear stay warm.
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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