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The Polar Regions: Arctic Lessons

Elementary Middle School

Appropriate for Grades 3-5

Iditarod

Scholastic magazine has provided this site with fun online activities, information about top mushers and Alaska, as well as literature connections to the Iditarod.

Geography Places and Regions Standard 6: Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions


The Great North: Learning To Give

Lesson connections to the movie, "The Great North" which shows the relationship of the Inuit to the caribou.

Geography Places and Regions Standard 6: Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions


 

Appropriate for Grades 5-9

In The Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson

This lesson uses a Flash plugin and is designed for students in grades 6-7. Suggestions are made of how to integrate the informational site into ongoing curricula.

Standards: adaptation to environment; earth processes, factors and processes influencing the natural environment.
Life Sciences Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Earth and Space Sciences Standard 1: Understands atmospheric processes and the water cycle


Geography Places and Regions Standard 6: Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions
Geography Human Systems Standard 9: Understands nature, distribution and migration of human populations

 


Tundra

This is a collection of links to lessons and information that can be used when students are studying the tundra. A particularly nice lesson that integrates math skills is the lesson entitled: How Much Tundra To Feed A Caribou? Permawhat is also a great hands-on lesson to help students better understand permafrost.

Life Sciences Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Geography Places and Regions Standard 6: Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions


Wild Arctic Activities

Lots of activity sheets and hands-on experiments provided by SeaWorld. The activities are related to Arctic explorers, scrimshaw, and vocabulary and don't take very long to do.

Life Sciences Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Earth and Space Sciences Standard 1: Understands atmospheric processes and the water cycle
Geography Places and Regions Standard 6: Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions


Arctic Adventure

Teacher-designed webquest for those students studying Arctic explorers. Lots of good activities are included but links to informational material need to be updated before you use this activity.

Life Sciences Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Geography Places and Regions Standard 6: Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions


Arctic Wildlife Activities

Student-designed activities designed to enhance the learning available in the information section of this website (scroll to the bottom to find the link to the Wildlife information pages).

Life Sciences Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment


 

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Quick Peek!
 

 

A yellowed ivory tooth with carving of sailing ship, ocean waves and a fort-like building in the distance.

Example of scrimshaw carving made by a whaler on a whale tooth. Whalers typically used sperm whale teeth, whale bone, walrus tusks and baleen plates.

Learn more about scrimshaw at the South Australian Museum by searching for Arctic.

 
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