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Raise Awareness of Polar Bears

Students will create a product that will raise funds to help save polar bears.

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to share what they know about polar bears. What are they like? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they grow? Cover as many topics as possible.
  2. Remind students that many people-including polar bear and environmental experts-are concerned about the future of polar bears. They fear that polar bears will become extinct in the not-so-distant future. Discuss why. 
  3. Inform the class that many people are working hard to keep this from happening. And one key part of their mission is education. But educating millions of people and completing the research necessary to learn more about the problem takes money. 
  4. Instruct students to create a product that will raise funds to save polar bears.

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their products with the class. Challenge them to explain why they think the type of product they chose would be the best way to raise funds to save polar bears. 

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, brainstorm a list of products that could be sold to raise funds for a "Save the Polar Bear" campaign. Divide the class into small groups. Instruct groups to select the type of product they think will sell best. Then give them time to create a design. 
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups brainstorm a list of products that could be sold to raise funds for a "Save the Polar Bear" campaign. Instruct each group to then select the type of product it thinks will sell best. Give groups time to design a new product of this type. Then have each group create an advertisement to sell its new product. 
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups brainstorm a list of products that could be sold to raise funds for a "Save the Polar Bear" campaign. Instruct each group to then select the type of product it thinks will sell best. Give groups time to design a new product of this type. Then have them come up with a slogan and create an advertising campaign that incorporates that slogan. Challenge them to determine how they will distribute their product to supporters. 
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Have partners conduct research to learn about different products that are used to raise funds for causes such saving the polar bears. Instruct students to select the product that sells the best and create a design for a new product of that type. Challenge them to identify manufacturing costs, sales price and their intended distribution plan. Then have partners write a slogan and incorporate that slogan into an advertising campaign targeting their most likely customers.