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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crazy Week and Polarrific Day!

Well..... Can you tell I went back to work last Tuesday? After my five week break it was hard to wake up early. No more 3:00 am bed time for me. I was eager to see the kids, but not ready to say good bye to my beauty sleep.
The kids came back looking bigger, excited to see me (I think), and ready for round 3. 
Quarter three here we come!

Friday was crazy. We had some ugly frozen rain coming down, school dismissed 3 hours earlier. My front steps were perfect for ice skating.
Monday we did the same thing, but instead, we had a 3 hour delay. This time there was no ugly weather...we just like to go to school late :) A lock down drill in the middle of lunch (that was fun), and a long staff meeting at the end of the day. Can you say loooong day?

After creating the NonFiction Polar Bear Folders, I wanted to share with my kids more about these amazing animals. 

The question will I share all I read and learned about polar bears? 
So I came up with plan A, B and C, and we ended up doing this:

You can find it here
We used it in 4 different ways:
- Groups of 2-4 working together, reading the cards with the shortest sentences and creating a book with facts (half sheet).
- Groups of  2-4 working together. They got to read the longer sentences and created the bigger book version of facts.
- A group of 4 boys collected books from the library and gathered facts for their A-Z Polarrific fact book.
- All the materials are in a container and ready to be used during our daily five rotation called Read to Learn.

We finished them today. It was Pollarrific!

It is your turn to get a free copy. I have included 44 facts about Polar Bears in this product. I will send this product to two people who leave a comment including a Polarrific Fact about Polar Bears. I will let my students pick the two most interesting ones. 


  1. Looks really cute! My fact is that polar bears are not actually white, their fur is translucent.

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  2. Polar Bears are super strong that they can kill an animal with ONE blow from its PAW!

  3. This looks awesome! I so want a copy!! Here is my fact. Not sure where I got it from but I've told my kids about this every year and they think it's crazy. Polar bear cubs are taught to not move while the mother hunts and if the mother catches them not doing as they were told, they get smacked! Yikes...Poor babies:(
    Learning In Wonderland
    maribel dot sheehan at gmail dot com

    1. Check your e-mail :) The kids love this one!

  4. Polar bear newborn babies are about the size of RATS when they are born! Wow! They can weigh up to 1500 pounds and grow 10 feet tall!! We are studying arctic animals this week and next! When you tell your students my fancy PB facts...say it with lots of excitement so they will pick me! Lol!

    1. Check your e-mail. The kids love this one!

  5. Would love to win! A Polar Bear's fur is oily and they have rough surfaces on their Paw Pads to prevent from slipping in the ice!