Meet the bears at the Museum from the comfort of your own classroom!
Watch a short curriculum-linked video and discover what species of bears from around the world are on display in the unique galleries of NMI-Natural History. Pupils can make and decorate their very own bear masks using printable templates and get creative with a colouring sheet.
During the short video pupils will see eight different species of bear on display at the Museum, including a brown bear, polar bear, American black bear, Asiatic black bear, sloth bear, spectacled bear, sun bear and the giant panda. Topics such as diet, habitat, animal adaptations and fossils will be explored throughout.
For more information please download the video script here.
Activity at a Glance:
Level: Junior infants to 2nd class
Format: Classroom activity - resources to be used within the classroom
Duration: 20 + mins (watch video plus craft activities)
Availability: Online and self-guided
Click on the link above to download the brown bear craft activity. There is an image of the craft template at the bottom of the page. Please click on the image to see full size.
Click on the link above to download the polar bear craft activity. There is an image of the craft template at the bottom of the page. Please click on the image to see full size.
Click on the link above to download the brown bear colouring sheet. There is an image of the colouring sheet at the bottom of the page. Please click on the image to see full size.
Investigating and experimenting
- Collect information and data from a variety of sources
- Plant and animal life
Environmental awareness and care
- Environmental awareness; Science and the environment; Caring for the environment
Paint and colour
– Making constructions
On completion of this classroom activity pupils should be able to:
Observe the diversity of life e.g. observe and identify the eight different bear species living in the world today, as well as extinct bear species.
Increase their knowledge of living things e.g. observe and describe a brown bear, its diet, habitat, and adaptations, such as hibernation.
Complete a fun art and craft activity.