Number (place value): Top Trump Bears

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge level ⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 3 programme of study)

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of number and place value.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To read, write, represent, compare and order numbers up to 1,000

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Credit: BBC One - Planet Earth II

Clip Description

There are 8 species of bear living in the world today. These incredible mammals vary considerably in terms of their size and weight as well as the habitats in which they live. However, bears share a number of common characteristics. They all have an excellent sense of smell, sharp claws and a stocky, fur-covered body. They usually walk on all four legs, although they will sometimes stand up and walk on just their back (hind) two legs.

In this fascinating clip, we can see a brown (grizzly) bear standing upright and rubbing its back against the trunk of a tree. Why is it behaving in such a peculiar way? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

Can you use the alphabet number code to find the value of the word ‘bear’?

Can you find the value of different types of bear (polar, sun, brown, black, sloth, moon, panda and spectacled)?