Arctic & Antarctica: Story Writing/Oral Tradition: Penguins & Polar Bears

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
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This product integrates learning!

  • two similar regions of the world are the place: Arctic and Antartica
  • two animals are the "characters": penguin and polar bear
  • two forms of story are the lesson content for learning and deeper understandings: story relling/writing and oral tradition
  • two original stories are the means: "Prince Meets Slush" and "Life in the North"
  • tabelling, reading, comparing/contrasting, cutting/gluing, retelling, creating, discussing and thinking are some of the skills worked on through graphic organizers, mini-booklets and a variety of other activities

What you will find here related to each section:

Section One: Arctic and Antarctica

  • complete a mini-book, map and interactive page on the poles, northern and southern hemispheres and continents and oceons of the world
  • examine the polar regions of the world
  • understand "the setting"/background for animals/stories and communities of next sections

Section Two: Penguins and Polar Bears

  • learn facts about penguins and polar bears through drawing, labeling and comparing penguins and polars to each other and to humans
  • focus on the non-fiction text feature "labels" to show a list of opposities
  • meet the animals/characters that are featured in the two stories of next sections

Section Three: "Prince Meets Slush"

  • assemble and read an original story about a penguin that is relocated to the Arctic where he makes a new friend (Prince the penguin is bothered by noise and many students who have high sensitivies will relate to the story problem)
  • understand story elements (character/setting/BME) and practice story retelling/story writing
  • use graphic organizers (included for sentence writing of BME--short and long write)
  • use reference page for sequence words, sentence writing practice pages and pages with pictures for story writing starters

Section Four: "Life in th North"

  • assemble and read an original story about a young Inuit boy and the stories his mother tells him about his past--stories about hunting, the seasons, housing, respect for animals, extinction and Inuit art
  • understand diverse traditions oral tradition and the impact stories make on our personal (sense of identity & pride)
  • conduct research in the form of story telling/listening/sharing and writing
  • develop skills (curricular competencies) in language arts concerning the impact story makes on our lives and how the environments we live in affect us and our community

Suitable for grade 2 or a 2/3 split class.

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Teaching Duration
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