Disney Nature Bears Educator Guide


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Increase students’ knowledge of brown bears and their habitats through interactive, interdisciplinary and inquiry-based lessons. Enhance students’ viewing of the Disneynature film BEARS and inspire appreciation for the wildlife and wild places featured in the film. Promote life-long conservation values and STEM based skills through outdoor natural exploration and discovery. Empower you and your students to create positive changes for wildlife in your school, community, and world.

Table of Contents

Standards and Alignment Charts
Welcome to the World of Bears
Teacher’s Background Information
Lesson 1 Where do brown bears live?
Lesson 2 How much space do brown bears need to survive?
Lesson 3 Who are a brown bear’s neighbors?
Lesson 4 How do I compare to a bear?
Lesson 5 What do Alaskan Animals Eat?

Lesson 6 How does energy flow through an Alaskan animal
food web?
Lesson 7 How do brown bear cubs learn and grow?
Lesson 8 How do scientists use footprints to study bears?
Lesson 9 What methods do scientists use to study brown bear
populations worldwide?
Lesson 10 How can I safely visit bear country?
Lesson 11 How can people live safely with bears?

Background on Disney Nature's Bears

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure BEARS
showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are
taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming
with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from
hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’
playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the
season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—
ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and
predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. BEARS captures the fast-moving action
and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!

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