Today was a wonderful, beautiful day and where else would you rather spend a hot day? At the movies (at least I would)! So I grabbed Midge (8 years old) and drove down to our local Carmike movie theater to watch Disney Nature’s new movie “Bears“. This movie takes you through a year in the life of mamma bear’s (Sky) journey with her two amazing young cubs (Amber & Scout). These little guys are taught life’s most important lessons and still enjoy a little playing along the way. As a parent, you will be able to relate to Sky as you see how tough it is to raise her cubs in the wild, and finding the time to still express her love multiple times throughout the movie.
The movie was wonderful, and having a narrator (Actor John C. Reilly) with a great personality is a must with a ‘documentary’ like this. The movie will take you through the wilderness of Alaska where each bear has their own personality and even though they face some ups and downs, you will fall in love with each one of them (not to mention just about every animal they come across).
The best part of the movie is watching my 8 year old learn what goes on in the wild. She learned so much about them from the way they hibernate, how their instinct takes over in different situations to how they travel to find salmon to eat in order to prepare for next winter. The beautiful scenery and vibrant colors are amazing to watch on the big screen. I wasn’t sure watching a pair of bear cubs would keep my attention, but I find out quickly that I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen once the movie started. I am certain everyone who gets to watch this movie will not only enjoy the film but will relate with the bears and their human like qualities displayed on the big screen.
Disney Nature is offering a wonderful Free Educator’s Guide on the BEARS website. You can find it here
The free Educator’s Guide includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6. The lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Standards, and common core Language Art and Math Standards.