Why do we celebrate this day?
Today we celebrate International Polar Bear Day, a day that raises awareness of the environmental issues involving their habitat and how it affects the species. TeacherBoards community have recently posted an article on environmental education and how it can affect our own home, it is equally important to teach how it is harmful to those without a voice. The Polar Bears International organisation puts on an annual global event to help educate people on the challenges that polar bears, and their habitual neighbours, face due to climate change and global warming.
There are many things we need to teach the younger generation in the hopes that they will not follow by our current example and opt for environmental change. As discussed previously, via Environmental Education, it is crucial that we teach children the damaging effects of global warming and how we can help put a stop to it. As individuals, we may feel a bit helpless in this situation, but if we all work together we can begin to progress towards an Eco-friendly future. As an educator, or an influential adult, you are able to demonstrate the ways on how you can help the environment, and what tasks you can implement in the classroom and at home to help. Polar Bears are meant to thrive in Arctic climates. Due to problems concerning carbon based fuels, electricity and other harmful emissions that fuel our current lifestyles, we are putting these species, and many others, in critical danger.
Teaching and Learning
We’ve created a quick list of lesson plans that can be useful for when teaching students about International Polar Bear Day, Arctic habitats and other environmental based content:
Literacy: The story of a Polar Bear – in this lesson you can ask your students to write their own version of ‘the daily life of a polar bear’ or a more formal take of the challenges a polar bear may face from day to day.
Geography: To discuss the elements of the Arctic, what is the climate like in this environment what are the current changes to this environment.
Science: The biology of a polar bear – the polar bear has many interesting facts; they are said to be very intelligent and they are built to sustain what seems to be a truly challenging lifestyle. You could explore how polar bears are built to live in the Arctic and look at their food chains.
Free Classroom Printable:
We’ve also created a ‘Polar Bear Pledge’ template that students can fill out and take home or display in their classrooms. Children are able to create their own pledges that they must stick to throughout the year which can help save the environment. Eco-friendly changes such as ‘turning the light off when it’s not in use’ or ‘recycling their paper in the classroom’ are small but significant changes that can help teach students at a younger age the importance of helping the environment. Click on the link below to download your own printable template for free.
How to get involved
You can join the effort to save our polar bears in many different ways. You can donate to Polar Bears International charity here, to help the charity raise awareness across the globe about this growing issue. You can also help by implementing Eco-friendly regimes in your own home. Start recycling your rubbish, cut down on your carbon emissions by carpooling or using public transport, and smaller things like switching your electrical devices off at night instead of leaving them on standby. You may already be aware of the issues our environment is facing, and although your efforts can feel small, you are helping create a BIG change.