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Research skills are extremely important and they can be linked to any subject. Get your class thinking about scientists that study the polar region, what they do, and how they get funded to continue their research. Each child uses a worksheet and the Internet to research five to ten different polar scientists. After a week's time, the class engages in a full discussion on what they have learned about polar science, scientists, and the research process.
In this video, Sal shows an example of converting from polar coordinates to cartesian coordinates. Then he shows two examples of changing an equation written in cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates, including an example of how a basic circle equation looks simpler in polar coordinates.
Sal continues more examples of converting functions from cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates and vice-versa.
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.
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.
Here are some ways to include "The Polar Express" into your holiday curriculum
Center content-integrated lessons around the timeless holiday book, The Polar Express.
Students investigate how polar bears stay warm in arctic climates. In this polar bear lesson, students listen to The Little Bear by Hans de Beer before talking about how polar bears stay warm. They experiment with a "blubber glove" to determine how the bear's layer of fat helps it to stay warm in the cold waters. They complete a worksheet (not included) as an assessment.
Students read an Inuit legend about a brave polar bear. In this fiction instructional activity, students discuss the book "The Polar Bear's Gift." Students use graphic organizers to list different types of gifts. Students then make a list of positive character traits that they have or they see in others.
Explore the holiday classic "The Polar Express" with a variety of activities.
Students read Polar Life. In this nonfiction lesson students read the nonfiction book Polar Life. Students read independently and discuss what they read as a group.
Students download NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of the Martian polar ice caps in summer and winter, and measure and compare various images of the changing Martian and Earth polar ice caps.
In this fiction books worksheet, students complete seven multiple choice questions about the book, "Polar Star." These questions contain concepts such as choosing the correct author, who published the book, when it was on the New York Times best seller list, and more.
Learners participate in the National Geographic:Xpeditions Activity "The Arctic and Antarctic Circles" on the Internet. Through the included activities, the students investigate characteristics of the Polar regions including their landscapes and animals.
Students explore the sounds around them. In this listening and literacy lesson, students listen to their teacher read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and discuss the different sounds from the book. Students go on a walk and identify the outdoor sounds around them. As a class, they create a book with all the sounds they heard on their walk.
Students explore the sounds of outdoors. In this sound and literacy lesson, students read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and then listen to a tape of nature sounds. Students record their own nature sounds and collaborate to author a book titled Children, Children, What Do You Hear?.
Third graders practice their geography skills. In this Polar Day-themed lesson, 3rd graders use their research skills to compare and contrast the place, regions, and human systems in their community to a Canadian northern polar region community.
Here is a rather esoteric resource that presents the archetypes found in “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” and would be appropriate for a college-level psychology or literature class, or as a teacher resource. Considered the “world’s oldest story,” the characters and events in the tale of Gilgamesh are presented as illustrations of the archetypal theories of Carl Jung and Fritz Perls’ ideas of polarities. The discussion and writing prompts asks participants to make text-to-theories and text-to-self connections.
Students use ice cubes to demonstrate how the polar ice caps are melting and how it effects the polar bears. For this polar bear lesson plan, the teacher explains how polar bears live on the north pole and how they are having trouble due to global warming. Then each student gets an ice cube and observes how it melts in their hand. After the observation of the ice cube, the students discuss what they could do to save energy and help the polar bears.
Students explore fictional literature. Students listen to a story about a polar bear who changes color. Students observe color models of the bear as the teacher reads. Students perform hand motions to parts of the story. They discover the proper name of colors.