How to Teach about Arctic Animals So Kids are Engaged
January is the perfect time to teach about arctic animals. The Arctic is one of the two coldest places on planet Earth, the other is obviously the Antarctic! Kids love learning about the climate and the animals that live there. I wanted to share with you some ideas that you can use while planning your Arctic Animals unit and lesson plans.
Before starting any unit, I always like to start a KWL chart just to see what the kids already know. It is fun to get a list going. Under the K column, KNOW, you will have the children tell you what they know and you can record it there. Then the next day, you can ask them what they WONDER, and add all of their questions under the W column. This is really great information for you because it will allow you to see what is missing from your plans and adjust accordingly. Leave the L for last, L, stands for LEARNED and you will fill it in on the last day of your unit.
What is the Arctic?
The arctic is one of the coldest places on earth. It is found in the extreme northern tip of the planet and is inhabited mostly by people from Sweden, Russia, and Norway. Around the places located within the Arctic Circle, there are cool summers and very cold winters. The arctic is also where the North Pole is located. It is a good idea to discuss the word climate and discuss the arctic climate.
Types of Arctic Animals
There are many different animals that live in the arctic. Arctic wildlife have special adaptations that enable them to survive in their icy environment.
When teaching early elementary students about arctic animals they will pay attention to what they are, how they move, what features they have, and what they eat. For example, here are five arctic animals you can focus on: