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Polar Regions – Teacher Resources

Explore the vast regions of the Arctic and Antarctica with these printables, lesson plans, quizzes, and activities for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Discover the many ways polar bears and people have adapted to survive in the harsh environment. You'll find literature guides for books about the Arctic, and reading comprehension passages on animals and ecology. Introduce students to the polar climate with hands-on science activities for winter weather.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

Animals of the Arctic Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Antarctic Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Quizzes

Types of Snow Quiz

Printables

Animal Research and Writing
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Polar Regions
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Tundra
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
More Polar Region Printables

Activities for Art Class

Let It Snow!
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
Homemade Snow Globes

Activities for Math Class

How Can You Make a Thermometer?

Literature & Language Arts Activities

Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Little Cliff and the Cold Place
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades K-8
The White Darkness Reading Guide
Julie's Wolf Pack Reader's Guide
More Polar Literature & Language Arts Activities

Polar Regions Animal Resources

Camouflage
Cub's Big World Story Hour Kit
What Animal Do I Admire?
Hibernation Report Outline
More Animals – Teacher Resources

Winter Resources

Glacial Pressure
Winter Weather Across America
Viewing Snowflakes
Snow Journals
Understanding the Aurorae
Observing Crystals
More Winter – Teacher Resources

Social Studies Resources

Map of Antarctica
Peary, Henson, and the North Pole
Tourists on Antarctica
Map of the Arctic & Antarctica
Animals of the Antarctic Word Power
Distant Enemy
More Social Studies

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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