At-Home Activities: Polar Quest - Find New Creatures
In-Class Workshop Activities
Craft – Inuit Soapstone Carving
Key Points – Polar Creatures
Collaborative – Scientific Classification
Language Arts – Polar Bear Meets Penguin Story
Math/Logic – Great Backyard Bird Count
Prepare for Adventure – Pet Care
Big Activity – Polar Insulation Experiment
Movement - Dog Sled
See a suggested week schedule at https://www.celebrationeducation.com/single-post/free-curriculum
• Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to the poles
• journal or writing paper
• movie or storybook
• tangrams (you can print and cut out from the included file.)
• two dice
• 200 counters such as dry beans
• number cards and instructions cards (print four sets and cut them apart)
• paper lunch bags
Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to the poles
“Our wings serve as flippers that carry us across the ocean; not in the sky!
Why, us penguins have so much fun time in the water, we don't even want to fly!”
– Jasmine Martin
There's a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire--
He likes it 'cause it's cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish
And his big hairy paws
In the buttery dish,
He's nibbling the noodles,
And munching the rice,
He's slurping the soda,
He's licking the ice.
And he lets out a roar
If you open the door.
And it gives me a scare
To know he's in there--
That Polary Bear
In our Fridgitydaire.”
― Shel Silverstein
Language arts lesson
Stories are often written with a dramatic structure that includes:
1. exposition - introduces background events and characters
2. rising action - a series of events that create suspense in the narrative
3. climax - the part of the story where the suspense reaches its highest part
4. falling action - the main conflict starts to resolve
5. resolution - the conclusion of the story where questions are answered and loose ends are tied up
See more: https://writers.com/freytags-pyramid
Watch the movie “Iron Will.” Identify the dynamic structure in the story. You could use a different movie or a storybook. Use the dynamic structure to write a story about your favorite polar animal.
Write a letter to your pet.
We use the symbols “>” and “<” to compare values of numbers. For example,
10 > 8 means that ten is greater than eight.
6 < 10 means that six is less than ten.
4 < 9 means that four is less than nine.
96 > 36 means that ninety six is greater than thirty six.
Watch this video to learn how to compare large numbers: https://youtu.be/QyOs1X5cu6U
Read about some of the world’s longest animal migrations: https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/24/world/gallery/worlds-longest-animal-migrations/index.html
Compare the migrations of five or more different animals. Write out the distance comparisons using “>” and “<”.
Invented in China approximately 200 years ago, a tangram is a two-dimensional re-arrangement puzzle created by cutting a square into seven pieces -- seven geometric shapes called "tans." For more about tangrams, go here: https://www.parentingscience.com/tangrams-for-kids.html
Assemble tangrams into the shapes of polar animals.
Play an estimation game with two dice. See the chart below to know the value of each dice side. Take turns rolling the dice, adding the corresponding numbers together in your head. For example, if a student rolls six and 3, the equation is 497 + 640. Add the numbers in your head. You get a point if your answer is within five numbers. You can use a calculator to verify the answer. You can change the dice numbers to make this exercise harder or easier.
Place 200 counters in the center of the table. Put the number cards and the instruction cards cards face down on the table. To play, draw two number cards and one instruction card. If you get add on your instruction you will add together the two numbers you got and take that number of counters. If the instruction card says subtract, you will subtract the smaller number from the larger number and take that number of counters. If you get double, you will double one of the numbers you drew and collect that number of counters. If you get lose turn, you don’t get any counters this turn. Take turns, each taking counters from the same pile of counters. When the pile is depleted, the player with the most counters wins.
Research and Report
Make a poster of a tundra animal. Around the edges, write basic facts and interesting details about your animal.
Themed Fireworks Project
Make paper bag puppets of tundra animals. Write a script of a tundra adventure for the animal characters. Perform the story as a puppet show.
Use the information you collected last week to start creating your written report. Use a mind map to organize your findings. Put the report topic in the center of your paper, with related information branching out from there.
Make an outline. Using the mind map as a guide, put the information into an order that would make sense for a written report.
Work on your display.
Visit an animal shelter.
Make some Inuit crafts: https://thecraftyclassroom.com/crafts/native-american-crafts-for-kids/inuit-crafts-for-kids/
Memorize the divisions of scientific classification: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. List the scientific classification of five different polar animals.
Do some Iditarod activities: https://iditarod.com/edu/category/students/
Do an Antartica food chain activity: http://www.units.miamioh.edu/cryolab/education/documents/ESWhoEatsWho.pdf
Learn more about the tundra: http://www.brainpop.com/science/earthsystem/tundra/
Write a short essay about what people think about animal extinctions. Are humans to blame? What can and should we do to prevent further extinctions? Does everyone agree on the answers to these questions?
Create a collage of plants, animals and geological features of the tundra.
Choose a tundra animal to create a digital slide show about. Create several slides describing its physical characteristics, food, social structure, home, predators, adaptations, etc.
Turn a corner of you home into a tundra.
What kinds of birds do you see from home? Choose one of these birds and observe how many of this kind of bird you can see in one day.
Dogsledding 101: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/sled-dogs-an-alaskan-epic/interactive-dogsledding-101/4355/
Create a travel brochure for a tundra area. Include information about things such as plants, animals, interesting places, events to see (such as the aurora Borealis), excursions and activities, where to stay, what to bring, and survival tips.
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