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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
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Animals of the Arctic Word Power
Map of the Arctic & Antarctica
Winter and Summer Solstices in the Arctic Circle
Peary, Henson, and the North Pole
Tourists on Antarctica
More Polar Region Printables

Activities for Art Class

Let It Snow!
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads

Activities for Math Class

How Can You Make a Thermometer?

Literature & Language Arts Activities

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

Polar Regions Animal Resources

Julie's Wolf Pack Reader's Guide
Cub's Big World Story Hour Kit
More Animals – Teacher Resources

Winter Resources

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

Social Studies Resources

Map of Antarctica
Distant Enemy
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
The White Darkness Reading Guide
Animals of the Antarctic Word Power
More Social Studies

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