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Show support for preserving threatened and endangered species! Create a replica of a polar bear with Crayola Model Magic®.
The United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and the Soviet Union signed an agreement in 1973 to protect polar bears. Each country either banned hunting or established rules for how many polar bears could be hunted within its own boundaries. These rules help keep polar bear populations stable. Because of this agreement, between 25,000 to 40,000 polar bears roam the Arctic today. Global climate changes may mean big changes for the habitat of polar bears. Ask students to investigate recent climate changes and contemplate what they can realistically do to help protect arctic animals.
Organize a variety of resources, both text and electronic, for students to view while they are researching the issues, Encourage students to find pictures that illustrate their learning. Once research is complete, students will sculpt a replica of one of these magnificent creatures.
Students begin their sculptures by creating a base form for the polar bear. Have them crumple aluminum foil into a shape that resembles the creature’s body. Cover the foil with a thin layer of Crayola Model Magic® compound.
Flatten more layers of compound to make icy, thick fur on its back, shoulders, and chest. Cut rounded or jagged sections with Crayola Scissors. Feather the edges with a toothpick. Press the slabs into place on the bear.
Shape and add ears, a tail, and other features using more Model Magic compound. Use bits of Black Model Magic material to make nose, eyes, and claws. Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.
While sculptures are drying, ask students to compose a summary paragraph reflecting their learning about how polar bears have been affected by changes in the climate. Display sculptures with student writing in the classroom for easy viewing by classmates and visitors.
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