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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
Animal Research and Writing
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Animals of the Arctic Word Power
Map of the Arctic & Antarctica
Winter and Summer Solstices in the Arctic Circle
More Polar Region Printables

Activities for Art Class

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

Activities for Math Class

How Can You Make a Thermometer?

Literature & Language Arts Activities

Animal Research and Writing
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Distant Enemy
Julie's Wolf Pack Reader's Guide
More Polar Literature & Language Arts Activities

Polar Regions Animal Resources

Animal Research and Writing
Julie's Wolf Pack Reader's Guide
What Animal Do I Admire?
Hibernation Report Outline
Cub's Big World Story Hour Kit
More Animals – Teacher Resources

Winter Resources

How Can You Make a Thermometer?
Glacial Pressure
Observing Crystals
Viewing Snowflakes
Snow Journals
Winter Weather Across America
Understanding the Aurorae
More Winter – Teacher Resources

Social Studies Resources

Map of Antarctica
Peary, Henson, and the North Pole
Tourists on Antarctica
Distant Enemy
The White Darkness Reading Guide
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
Animals of the Antarctic Word Power
More Social Studies

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