Our second week in Russia had us looking at polar bears! What a fun day of Passport Pals! Here are the plans I used.
Passport Pals: Russia – Polar Bears
Song: Come on everybody and clap your hands, stomp your feet, jump up high, spin around, sit right down, spin the globe . . . on the way to Passport Pals.
Privyet! (pree-VYET) Do you remember what country we are talking about this month? Russia! Do you remember where Russia is? What continent is it on? It is on 2 continents — Europe and Asia! (Find on map, point out where we live and where Russia is on the map)
Continent Cheer (#3 GGM)
Ask: Is it hot or cold in Russia? It is COLD! Show on map how the higher up you get and the lower you get, the colder it gets. Russia is pretty high, so it is pretty cold!
Let’s see what is in our suitcase this week! (polar bear, Russian flag, bag of stuffed toys for “Polar Bear, Polar Bear What do you hear?”)
Today we are going to talk about Polar Bears! Polar bears live in Russia in an area called the arctic. Let’s learn more about polar bears.
Read: “A Baby Polar Bear Story” by Martha E. H. Rustad
Song: Polar Bear, Polar Bear turn around.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear touch the ground.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear bend down low.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear touch your toe.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear slide on the ice.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear spin around, twice.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear reach up high.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear touch the sky.
Second Song: Sing Rock-a-bye Your Bear by the Wiggles (use shakers)
Read: “Polar Bear Morning” by Lauren Thompson
What are some other animals that you think live in the arctic? (Show pictures of snow owl, seal & polar bear)
Song: If you want to be a polar animal (to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”)
If you want to be a snow owl shout WHO-WHO (repeat)
If you want to be an owl, then you need to make a sound, if you want to be a snow owl shout WHO-WHO
Polar Bear (GRRR)
Read: “Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear” by Bill Martin JR
NOTE: Our library owns a special big book of this, so I used that to tell the story. We also have this with stuffed finger puppets, which led to even more fun!!! I passed out all the finger puppets and then, when each animal showed up in the book, whoever had the finger puppet brought it up to the front. The finger puppets also had velcro on the back, so the kids were able to stick their puppets to the board. The kids really enjoyed this and it kept them engaged through the entire story. Lots of fun!!!
These animals all live in the arctic, but where do you live? Sing “Where Do I Live” (GGM #1)
Craft: Polar Bear Craft This is the craft that we did: