Students learn about what type of polar animals live in the Arctic.
Students understand the relationships between various trophic levels within the Arctic tundra.
Prepare a picture sign for each of the organisms in the food web.
- KWL Chart on Polar Scientist: knows (K), wants to know (W), and has learned (L).
- Read Amazing Arctic Animals (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3) by Jackie Glassman.
- Have students draw what they think polar animals look like.
- Show students photos of Arctic animals.
- Assign an animal or organism to each (or a group) of students.
- Show students what an Arctic food web looks like (two food web diagrams are included in the Lesson Materials).
- Help the students create the Arctic food web. Start the food web at the sun (start the ball of yarn there). Have the student move to a photosynthesizing plant with the yarn, then to a herbivore, then to a carnivore. Incorporate some death and decomposition with fungi and bacteria and create a giant food web of yarn and interrelationships.
- Have the students observe all the connections. Can they be connected in different ways?
Book: Amazing Arctic Animals (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3) by Jackie Glassman.
Dieuwertje Kast, 2016 PolarTREC Educator
Director of STEM Education Programs, USC
Los Angeles, CA
dkast [at] usc.edu
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