The Bear Facts

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Language Arts, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Science, Life Science

Grade 3- 5


Students use a variety of resources to learn about bears.


Collect a variety of resources before students begin the activity. The Web sites listed below contain some good information about bears. Zoo Web sites can also be very helpful.
Review with students how to look in the table of contents and index of a non-fiction book for topics that match the information they are seeking. Discuss the correct way to record a resource.
Review with students the seven species of bears: the brown bear, the American black bear, the Asiatic black bears, Malayan sun bears, sloth bears, polar bears, and the spectacled bears. Pandas are also sometimes classified as bears.
Distribute copies of The Bear Facts activity sheet to students. Have them record their sources of information on the back of the page or on another piece of paper.


  • Resource books
  • The Bear Facts activity page
  • pencils
  • computer with Internet access (optional)

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