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Young scholars explore polar bears. In this biology and guided reading lesson, students take a picture walk through the book Polar Babies and discuss what they can learn about polar bears by looking at the illustrations. Young scholars independently read the book, then locate punctuation marks (particularly exclamation marks) and discuss what these marks signal. Students read the book orally and practice fluent reading by using the punctuation marks.
A video featuring polar bears, walruses, killer whales, penguins, seals and more introduces a unit study of the Polar Regions. A KWL chart launches research into the three different areas (ice cap, tundra, and taiga) and animals that inhabit these chilly climes. Each class member writes and illustrates a fact on the polar region. Pages can be collected into a classroom Polar Animal Fact Book.
Explore the concept of polar functions and learn how to determine the length around a function using polar coordinates. High schoolers use their Ti-calculators to determine the length of a function that looks like a five-leaved rose. Then there are many more questions to explore based on this five-leaved rose.
Students brainstorm topics and categories that might be covered by the International Polar Year. After reading an article, they consider the subjects that are going to be studied there. Using the internet, they research a particular project and create an oral presentation to share their information with the class.