Guess What This Bear’s Job Is!

At a special place in Montana, grizzly bears are put to work.

Lexile Level: 740L / Guided Reading Level: O / DRA level: 34

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Learning Objective

Students will learn essential paragraph-writing skills while they learn about how bears test garbage cans in Montana.

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Content-Area Connections

Science: animals

Key Skills

Writing, summarizing

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Paragraph Writing Template

Teaching Extras

Meet the bears at Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Your students can “meet” Sam and the other bears that live at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center on their website. Each bear has a bio and photos!

Bears in action

Check out this awesome video to see the bears at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in action!

Education for cubs

Share this clip of a mama grizzly in Alaska teaching her cubs to catch their own food.

Keeping spirits up

Here’s a fun fact that we had to cut from the article: To keep the bears from getting discouraged, staff at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center occasionally give the bears an easy container to break into, such as a plain black plastic trash bag.

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