The inspiration for this lesson was to encourage students to experience and appreciate nature with their senses while addressing a Common Core State Standard. This activity allows students to infer what an object is by using all senses but sight. Phonemic awareness is a skill difficult to isolate outside of the context of reading; the audio portion of
This presentation features pictures, stories, data, websites and background information that complement the 2013 Bowhead Whale Calendar. The calendar contains stunning photographs and information from both traditional knowledge and contemporary research about the natural history of the bowhead whale.
This presentation, given by researcher Rolf Gradinger at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska, showcases the history and exploration of the unique and hidden microscopic life found under the Arctic Seas.
This First Grade unit on the bowhead whale has been created to support the knowledge of children living within a whaling community. The unit focuses on the basic components of understanding the bowhead in a more scientific manner. Although my students know the bowhead in a uniquely intimate way because of their environmental and subsistence circumstances, our goal
This engaging topic and active game is inspired by a long-term scientific study of Black Guillemots nesting on an island near Barrow, AK. It introduces the life cycle of the Black Guillemot, how it raises its young, and the adaptations it is making to adjust to life in a changing Arctic.
Follow the Polar Expedition is a booklet designed for students to help them learn about the 2012 Chukchi Sea Offshort Monitoring in the Drilling Area (COMIDA) Hanna Shoal Ecosystem Study with PolarTREC teacher Deanna Wheeler. The expedition is August 5-25, 2012, aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter.
The booklet has terms used on the ship as well as several activities
Plan and run a family fun afternoon or evening with several hands-on activities. Students help run the activity stations and share what they have learned about the Polar Regions. A great culminating activity for a unit on the Arctic, Antarctica, or both, and a fun way to involve families in the learning experience.
Polar science is a topic both your students and you can get into. This publication gives you a variety of angles to choose from in implementing a study of polar science. This resource was created under a National Science Foundation Grant by Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways.
Students will take some time and look at the PolarTREC website journals, pictures, and forums to learn about a certain teacher, researcher, or polar science expedition that has already taken place or is currently taking place. Students will use the attached worksheet to think more deeply about a polar researcher's job and work.