This fun and engaging Arctic Animal unit focuses on 6 arctic animals: polar bear, Arctic fox, walrus, Arctic hare, caribou, and seal! There are over 90 pages of games, emergent readers, printables, poems, graphic organizers, vocabulary cards, writing activities, project ideas, examples, and more! Your kiddos will love this icy exploration!
Animal Webs: Students can work alone, with a partner, or with the whole group to complete their brainstorming webs.
Animal K-W-L Charts: Students may work alone, with a partner, or with the whole group to complete the K-W-L charts. If you have students who do not write well yet, you can have them draw pictures to complete the chart.
Animal Poems: These are great for a ton of reasons! You can use these to work on reading strategies such as blending, chunking, or gathering meaning from context. You can also have students highlight sight words before reading. When we find words we don’t know, we stop and look them up in the dictionary. You may use the poems to review rhyming words by having students circle them throughout the poem. The poems also are non-fiction so they are full of information about each animal.
Emergent Readers: These books are great for working on reading strategies as well as gaining lots of new information about each animal. Real photographs were used to show detail.
Animal “Can, Have, Are” Charts: These are great to use once the students have been exposed to the poems and emergent readers.
Animal Non-Fiction Writing and Art: These allow the perfect opportunity for students to use all of this new information to create their own non-fiction writing piece. Encourage them to use lots of details to teach their reader all about each animal. Then allow the students to get creative and make or paint each animal.
Vocabulary Cards: These can be used in a variety of ways. You can make a set to post in your writing center. We also use them to play a game.
“Arctic Rush” Fact or Fiction Game: This is a great game to apply information learned during the study. Students will draw a card, read the information, determine if it is fact or fiction, and move along the game board if they are correct.
Venn Diagrams: These are great to let the kiddos show what they know. These use higher order thinking skills of comparing and contrasting to complete.
Arctic Animal Sort Game: This covers lots of skills including sorting and classifying, non-fiction, and reading. Students lay out the sorting mats (Set A, B, and C). They will use the set A animal photo cards to sort on the Set A sorting mat. Students will use information learned to decide if each animal is a meat or plant eater, has fur that changes colors, or lives alone or in a group.
Animal Projects: Once the unit is complete, you may choose to have students complete projects to display or have parents come in to see. Then we have them transfer the information to large chart paper and add illustrations. They get to make a LIFE SIZE replica of their animal. Our only stipulation is that it MUST be as close to what the REAL animal looks like as possible.
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