Facts About Polar Bears: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What do polar bears look like? What do they eat? Where do they live? How do they grow? This lesson will answer all these questions and teach you lots of fun facts about polar bears.

What Do Polar Bears Look Like?

You just read a book at school that had a polar bear and a penguin in it. They were best friends, but your teacher tells you that polar bears and penguins don't actually live in the same habitat. You started wondering more about polar bears, like what they eat and how big they get. Well, you've come to the right place!

a polar bear
polar bear

Polar bears are an ocean mammal. A mammal is an animal that has hair, is warm-blooded, and gives birth to live babies. Polar bears are huge! They can weigh anywhere between 700 and 1,600 pounds! They have big paws and usually have thick white fur that keeps them warm in their cold environments.

What Do Polar Bears Eat?

Polar bears are carnivores. This means that they only eat meat. They usually eat fish, walruses, and seals that they find in the water. The ringed seal is their main meal. Don't worry, they don't eat penguins!

Polar bears have a great sense of smell and can smell seals from a mile away! Polar bears hunt seals through breathing holes the seals create in the ice and by standing near cracking or shifting ice. When they see their food swim by, they attack!

Where Do Polar Bears Live?

Polar bears live in the Arctic, or the North Pole. They live on ice at the coastline. Polar bears use their webbed front paws to help them swim in the water. They have lots of fat on their bodies that helps keep them warm in the cold weather!

How Do Polar Bears Grow?

two polar bear cubs
cub

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