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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


Types of Snow Quiz


Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Animal Research and Writing
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Tourists on Antarctica
Map of the Arctic & Antarctica
Science Reading Warm-Up: Tundra
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
Animals of the Arctic Word Power
Hibernation Report Outline
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades K-8
More Polar Literature & Language Arts Activities

Polar Regions Animal Resources

Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Julie's Wolf Pack Reader's Guide
Cub's Big World Story Hour Kit
What Animal Do I Admire?
More Animals – Teacher Resources

Winter Resources

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

Social Studies Resources

Map of Antarctica
Peary, Henson, and the North Pole
Animals of the Antarctic Word Power
The White Darkness Reading Guide
Distant Enemy
More Social Studies

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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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.