Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Adapting Polar Bear, Polar Bear for Students with CVI & Other Visual Impairments

Polar Bear adaptation

In this 5-minute video Marguerite Bilms, a teacher in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind, describes how she has adapted this book by Eric Carle to meet the visual needs of her students who have low vision and cortical visual impairment. Marguerite describes the teaching strategies and adapted materials she has used in this book to teach a range of concepts.

The video is captioned and audio described.


  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You See?
  • Braille and large print words and text
  • Plush animals, tactile symbols and objects
  • Slant Board 
  • Alternate form of binding, such as using hole punch and metal rings
  • Scissors
  • Glue


This activity can be adapted for students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Low Vision, or total blindness.

Collage of Polar Bear


Posted on February 4, 2015
Updated on: January 30, 2019