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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.
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.
Learners study the Arctic polar bear, and its body coverings, to see how it survives in the harsh Arctic climate. This activity was developed in North Carolina, and specifically suggests a trip to the North Carolina Zoological Park. However, the basis of the activity could be completed without the field trip component. There is a good hands-on simulation involving thermometers, and some excellent supplemental information and extension ideas embedded in the plan.
Students investigate how polar bears stay warm in arctic climates. In this polar bear instructional activity, 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 lesson, 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.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars record their own nature sounds and collaborate to author a book titled Children, Children, What Do You Hear?.
All aboard! Set up your classroom like a train as youngsters explore this method of transportation and listen to the classic story The Polar Express. Each learner gets a boarding pass which they match to a number on a train car. You play the role of conductor in this fun simulation activity!