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Hands-On Arctic Activities
Simple activities to make your Arctic unit come to life!
27 Dec, 2015. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Language, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Kindergarten Writing, Language, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Arctic STEM activity

For this activity, we researched igloos and how they were made. We watched this video:

On each table I set out paper plates, a styrofoam cup, a bowl of mini marshmallows, and vanilla frosting.

Arctic STEM activity: building an igloo

Without much direction, my students got to work using their background knowledge and their own creativity.

Arctic STEM activity: building an igloo Arctic STEM activity: building an igloo

On the board I used our projector to display a few igloo pictures for inspiration.

Arctic STEM activity: building an iglooArctic STEM activity: building an igloo

A finished igloo!

Arctic STEM activity: building an igloo

As our Arctic unit was part of our endangered animals unit, my students were very concerned about the polar bears.

Click here to read about our science experiment that shows why the sea ice is melting.

Hands-on Arctic experiment that shows how quickly ice melts

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5 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!

  3. I would like to do this craft for a summer school this summer – I am curious if the water paint that you linked to would be enough to make 60 crafts?

    Thanks!

    • I would probably purchase two sets to complete 60 crafts. I have had my bottles for three years now but I use it sparingly and pour every last drop back into the bottles when we are finished using them. I would hate for you to run out! It’s great paint so if you end up with extra, I’m sure you can use it again!! :)

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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!

  • I would like to do this craft for a summer school this summer – I am curious if the water paint that you linked to would be enough to make 60 crafts?

    Thanks!

    • I would probably purchase two sets to complete 60 crafts. I have had my bottles for three years now but I use it sparingly and pour every last drop back into the bottles when we are finished using them. I would hate for you to run out! It’s great paint so if you end up with extra, I’m sure you can use it again!! :)

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