We have some very exciting news to report!
This week, Ms. Romano and Mrs. Perello received a mysterious letter in their school mailbox. We opened the letter and you wouldn’t believe what we found…
The letter was from a mama polar bear and her cubs named Sakari and Siku!
This is what the letter said:
Dear Girls and Boys,
My name is Nanuk. I am a mama polar bear with 2 cubs named Sakari and Siku.
I live in the Arctic, a place covered with ice and snow. Usually, living in my habitat up north is lots of fun…
But now I am in great danger! There are changes happening here. These changes are making it hard for me to find food for my cubs. We are getting very, very hungry! I am so scared for me and my family.
We need your help!
We were amazed by this, and of course had many questions…
How do polar bears write?
What is happening?
Why are they in great danger?
HOW ARE WE GOING TO HELP!?
We were really concerned for the polar bears! We had a lot of ideas right away about what we could do to help the polar bears. But we quickly found out we didn’t actually know a lot about polar bears.
We decided we needed an action plan.
The first step in our Action Plan was to ask questions.
Luckily, we spent all of first term learning how to ask questions. We are question-asking professionals! And WOW… We sure did have a lot of questions! But we needed to organize them to make it easier to research information to help us answer them. Our teachers taught us how to categorize, or put our questions into groups. In other words, we sorted our questions into four different groups.
- Appearance – anything that had to do with how polar bears look
- Food – anything that had to do with what polar bears eat
- Habits – anything that had to do with what polar bears do
- Habitat – anything that had to do with where a polar bear lives
Sometimes sorting got a bit tricky, because some questions didn’t seem to fit into a category. We learned that we needed to justify our sorting before we could put up our question – we couldn’t just put it anywhere without having a reason. Overall, we did a great job!
During the next few weeks, we will be dedicated to answering all the questions we can. If Nanuk and her cubs really are in danger, we need to find out more about what is wrong and what we can do to help.
Parents, can you support our learning journey and help us solve our polar bear problem?
Ask your child – What questions do you have about polar bears?
Take a trip to the public library and sign out a book about polar bears. Have your child bring it to school so we can search for information together and share our findings with the rest of the class!