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Hands-On Arctic Activities
Simple activities to make your Arctic unit come to life!
27 Dec, 2015. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Language, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Kindergarten Writing, Language, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Hands-On Arctic Activities

I love teaching because every year, every month, and every day I get to learn something new. I get to see the joy of a student learning something that they didn’t know before. It’s a wonderful job. The past few weeks, as an extension of our massive endangered animals unit, we have been learning all about the Arctic. As I live in Texas, snow, ice, freezing temperatures, and icicles are basically a mystery to my students. To help my students truly comprehend all things Arctic, we used many hands-on lessons that I’d love to share with y’all. To make this post easier to load and enjoy, I’ve separated it into multiple pages. Simply click to get to the next activity.

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First, to understand the Arctic habitat, I bought two things:

1.A set of the Arctic Animals TOOB.

arctic animals

You can get a set here: http://amzn.to/1VcUIfQ

2. Instant Snow

instant snow

You can get it here: http://amzn.to/1Zr5xgG

Then, I froze a variety of ice shapes in my freezer using different sized containers.

For the lesson, I read my students the book Amazing Arctic Animals.

amazing arctic animals

(http://amzn.to/1Zr5DVR)

Then we played a quick game of quiz, quiz, trade with the Arctic Animals. (I gave each of my students a plastic animal and they had to meet up with a friend, and quiz them on the animal that they had. Once they finished “quizzing” their friend, they traded animals and found a new friend and animal to discuss.)

After this quick game, I partnered my students up and gave them all the materials that they needed to make a habitat for a few Arctic animals: snow,sea  ice, a basin, and their animals.

They LOVED this and their conversations were fantastic. (More so, I have parents telling me that their children are still playing “Arctic animals” at home! Some have even corralled their older siblings into playing!)

So many excellent Arctic activities!! My kindergarteners loved these!


So many excellent Arctic activities!! My kindergarteners loved these!So many excellent Arctic activities!! My kindergarteners loved these!

Building Arctic habitats using "sea ice" and instant snow!

After understanding the habitat and climate a little better, my students were very curious as to how animals survive in such frigid temperatures. This inquiry lead us to our next science experiment.

“What is Blubber?”

Arctic unit science activity: understanding how blubber works

Click here to see the experiment!

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3 Comments
  1. Hi Kristen, thank you for your great posts. Could you please explain what crisco is?
    Thanks and Happy New Year!
    Rebecca

    • He Rebecca! I’m so glad you like these posts! Crisco is vegetable shortening. You can get it (I’m pretty sure) in the baking section of your grocery store.

  2. Kim -

    Your posts are amazing, and are so engaging and easy to take right into the classroom. Thank you!

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  • Hi Kristen, thank you for your great posts. Could you please explain what crisco is?
    Thanks and Happy New Year!
    Rebecca

    • He Rebecca! I’m so glad you like these posts! Crisco is vegetable shortening. You can get it (I’m pretty sure) in the baking section of your grocery store.

  • Kim -

    Your posts are amazing, and are so engaging and easy to take right into the classroom. Thank you!

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