Monday, February 9, 2015

The Bear Essentials: Folktales of Polar Bears and Their Cousins

White-Bear King Valemon
Theodor Kittelson, 1857-1914
February 27 is Polar Bear Day and folktales from Iceland to Norway, Russia and Germany, folktales, fairy tales, myths and legends stories of polar bears and their cousins abound.  I offer some stories, curriculum, information, crafts and more about these beautiful, majestic animals.
* At birth, polar bear cubs are 12 to 14 inches long and weigh around one pound.
* Polar bears, also known as Maritime Bears, are the largest land carnivores in the world.
* Polar bears are marine mammals, and spend much of their time on Arctic sea ice. 
* Polar bears are strong swimmers, and individual have been seen in open Arctic waters as far as 200 miles from land. Their front feet are large, flat and  oar-like, making them excellent swimmers.
* The World Conservation Union estimates that there are between 20,000-25,000 polar in the world.

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Audun and the Bear – Iceland
The Bear – From The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bearskin – Germany

The Bear and the Fox Who Made a Bet - Norway

The Bear Trainer and His Cat

East of the Sun, West of the Moon - Norway

The Fisherman and the Bear – Maine, USA

The Hunter and the Polar Bear – Native American/Inuit

King of the Polar Bears by L. Frank Baum

King Valemon, the White Bear - Norway

The Magic Bear – Native American/Inuit

Masha and the Bear – Russia

The Story of the Three Bears - England

The Willow Wren and the Bear - Germany

The Woman and Her Bear – Inuit

The Woman Who Had A Bear As A Foster Son - Inuit 

Why the Bear is Stumpy Tailed - Norway


Bright Hub Education  
Education World – Why Polar Bears Are White. Science and Art for grades
K – 2.
Discovery Education - Polar Bears Lesson Plan, Extensions, Reading Materials, etc. for grades 9-12.
National Parks Service: Bear Essentials – Lesson plans using the folktale, Why the Bear Is Stumpy Tailed.
Polar Bear International – A variety of information on polar bears, including scientific studies habitats and more.
World Society for the Protection of Animals: Bears of the World – Lesson plans on Polar Bears, Sun Bears, Speckled Bears and more. 
DLTK-Kids - Polar Bear Crafts and Activities
Theme Station – Polar Bear art, activities, games, recipies and more.
The Children’s Book Review – Kids Winter Books: Snow Mitten, Polar Bears and Other Artic Animals
Karen Chace 2015 ©
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