Bears are large mammals that eat mostly meat, with the exception of panda bears which are herbivores and live also entirely on bamboo. The list below covers some of the basic facts about bears.
- Bears are large mammals that eat mostly meat and fish. Many bears also eat plants, bulbs, and insects.
- The polar bear eats mostly meat, and is classified as carnivores, while the panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo and is classified as an herbivore. The six other species of bear eat both plants and animals and are classified as omnivorous.
- There are only eight living species of bears and they can be found throughout most of the world.
- Bears have large bodies, stocky legs, a long snout, shaggy hair, paws with claws, and a short tail.
- Even though bears are big and heavy, they can run very fast and are also good at climbing and swimming.
- Bears have a large brain and are one of the more intelligent mammals.
- Bears take a long sleep in the winter similar to hibernation. They will sleep in their dens and a mother bear will also have her cubs in a den.
- Bear cubs are born in litters of 1 to 3 and usually stay with their mothers for about 3 years. Most bears live alone except when a female has cubs. A mother bear will defend her cubs ferociously if they are threatened.
- Polar bears and grizzly bears can be dangerous to people, especially when they are sharing a habitat, but for the most part, bears are shy and are easily frightened of humans.
- Laws have been passed in many areas of the world to protect bears from hunters and the destruction of their habitat.
This study pack contains 7 ready-to-use printable worksheets that can be used in science class to teach students about different species of bears, their habitat, diet and more.
These worksheets are also cross-curricular and can be used to practice reading and comprehension of informational text, helping students to understand the main idea of the text, key words and phrases and more.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Reading and understand a series of informational facts about bears, including their characteristics, environments, and diet
- Use the learning from the sample text to fill in the blanks and complete the 8 main species of bear
- Use visual recognition to identify different species of bear from a picture
- Complete a crossword using the informational text to provide the answers
- Explore the diet of a bear and think of examples of other animals with a similar diet
- (Optional) Complete the included bear coloring page
- (Optional) Learn about the origins of “teddy bears” and complete a fact file about their own teddy bear
Included in this study guide
- Information Text: Facts about Bears
- Species of Bear Fill in the Blank
- Identify the Bear
- Bear Crossword
- Diet of a Bear Activity
- Bear Coloring Page
- The Origins of Teddy Bears Activity
Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.