Even though the Arctic is covered with ice, it is home to many kinds of animals. In this research activity, class teams will write reports about different Arctic animals and their habitats to share with the rest of the class.
Step 1: Have students visit the school library to research the Arctic region's wildlife, such as polar bears, arctic foxes, caribou, and walruses. Note: This is just preliminary research to get students familiar with the wildlife. If you have limited library time, substitute this step with a brief introduction to the Arctic and its wildlife while the students are still in the classroom.
Step 2: Divide the class into small groups and ask each group to choose an animal they'd like to research.
Step 3: Explain to the class that each group will be responsible for writing a report about the animal they chose. The reports should include important information about the animal: its appearance, its habitat, its diet, and any interesting facts students discover. They should also describe one way that the creature has adapted to the cold climate.
Step 5: Encourage the groups to illustrate their reports with a picture of the animal, drawn or printed from the search engines. Students should label special physical characteristics, such as the polar bear's white fur or the walrus's long tusks.
Step 6: Have the groups present their reports to the class.
Step 7: Hang the reports on an Arctic bulletin board to display all of the Arctic animals.
As a fun follow-up activity to the group presentations, play an Arctic animals What Am I? game. One student gives three clues about an animal, and the rest of the class must guess the answer.