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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
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Map of the Arctic & Antarctica
Frostbite
The Arctic
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
Distant Enemy
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades K-8
Hibernation Report Outline
More Polar Literature & Language Arts Activities

Polar Regions Animal Resources

Camouflage
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
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

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

Social Studies Resources

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

Highlights

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August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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.

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