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Lesson Plan

Black bears: size, fur and food

Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)

Introduction to lesson:
Introduce bears and what kinds of bears live near here.
Introduce the 3 stations that the students will rotate through (about 15 mins each) to learn more about bears, and the sheets for recording observations.

Station 1. How big is a black bear?

Station 2. How does a bear stay warm?

Station 3. What does a black bear eat? How much does a black bear eat?

Discussion and wrap up:
Review stations and what students found.
Listen to bear vocalizations and discuss what they mean.
Discussion of what to do if you see a bear, and answer other bear questions.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Christine (North Shore Black Bear Society)
Christy Wong
Kecia Boecking
Teaching Site: 
McBride Elementary
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Scientist in Residence Program, Vancouver School District with teachers Ms. Wong and Ms. Boecking.

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