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Family fun days are great for connecting home and school life, building strong parent/teacher relationships, and engaging students in a fun and social way. Here are several activity ideas to help you and your class run your own Family Polar Fun Day. Each of the simple stations are described, easy to create, and include learning assessments as a way to incorporate academic skills development. Tip: Make fun day global and team up with other classrooms, each class can study and run activities that showcase aspects of various regions they have studied.
Third graders experiment to see what would make a good coat for being in a climate that is freezing. They test to see what material makes the best insulation for coats.
Students read a story about Penguin Life and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. For this penguin life lesson plan, students respond to literature by researching penguins and creating a Venn diagram to compare/contrast two breeds of penguins, match baby animals names to parents and create a paper mache penguin.
In this recognizing relative locations on a map of Antarctica worksheet, learners observe a map of the continent and answer comprehensive questions. Students write 2 answers.
Learners investigate various expeditions throughout history to new and/or uncharted territories. They work in groups to develop and 'produce' television news magazine segments about some of these historic expeditions.
Students read Mr. Popper's Penguins. In this Mr. Popper's Penguins lesson, students record descriptive clues from the book. Students research Adelie penguins and compare and contrast to their local community. Students prepare a presentation for the class. Students participate in creating a rubric.
In this social studies worksheet, students use a chart to compare and contrast the Arctic and Antarctica regions of the world. They describe similarities and differences between these two regions.
Students brainstorm topics and categories that might be covered by the International Polar Year. After reading an article, they consider the subjects that are going to be studied there. Using the internet, they research a particular project and create an oral presentation to share their information with the class.
Students examine how penguins are affected by climate change. In this climate change lesson students research the impact of climate change then create a poster to call awareness to it.
Students research antarctic wildlife and create a diorama and fact sheet to present their research to the class. They create an Antarctic explorer's journal.
Students examine Ernest Shackleton's journey through the Antarctic and trace Shackleton's Actual Route on a map using longitude and latitude coordinates. Students compare his intended route with his actual and determine how far off Shackleton was from his intended journey.
It this reading for comprehension activity, students read an informational article about the Southern Ocean and answer questions about it. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
Students discuss the major geographical and cultural differences in the world. In this social science lesson, students pretend they are traveling and research information about where they wish to stay by finding information about the weather, landforms, animal life, and culture.
Students explore the concept of climate. They use temperature and precipitation data from their area and other regions to construct climate graphs. These graphs are used to help identify factors that influence climate.
Students participate in a virtual field trip. In this virtual field trip lesson, students access a web site that takes them to Antarctica to watch Adelie Penguins as they care for their offspring. They make a flag of Antarctica and keep a journal of the life cycle of the penguins.
High schoolers comprehend the difference between monotremes, marsupials, and placental mammals. They are able to compare and contrast these organisms (Australian mammals) with other mammals. Students are able to identify Australian mammals.
Learners complete an art activity and a classroom graph that coincides with the Tacky the Penguin Series by Helen Leste.
Students maintain a field journal as they follow penguin parents raising their chicks during the breeding season. They formulate testable questions. Students reflect on animal behavior in the field related to survival and chick rearing.
Learners gain an awareness of the diverse habitats of the 17 species of penguins. Standard: 4.4 Interdependence of Life Changes in an organism's habitat are sometimes beneficial to it and sometimes harmful.
Students present what they have learned on Antartica. Students identify deciduous and evergreen trees and plants; identify and study about the habitats of animals that migrate, hibernate, and adapt; study the Aurora and Aurora Borealis light phenomenon in the Arctic regions. Students create Non-Fiction Research Reports on animals of Antarctica and the Arctic