Sustainable Choices
Polar bear at Peabody Museum
The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is being forced to adjust its range and diet due to a warming climate.

Grade Level: 3rd through 9th

Science Content Standards: 3.4, 9.3, 9.8, 9.9

Social Studies Standard: 1.5 (g3, 4, 6)


Description: The concept of sustainability as it relates to the preservation of the earth and its natural resources is an issue of global concern. More and more we are encouraged to consider how our daily choices affect our planet. This program promotes an understanding of our resource usage and the ecological footprint created by these decisions. Students will engage in interactive activities that explore elements of their everyday lifestyle, including topics related to water, transportation, power, food and waste reduction. A visit to the North American habitat dioramas on the Museum's 3rd floor will clarify the way our behaviors affect other species; students will be encouraged to think about the effect they have on the planet and to brainstorm simple ways to care for the earth and maintain its resources for future generations.