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Adventure Learning – Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals – Adventure Learning Teachers Will Steger Foundation’s expeditions aim to inspire participation in climate change solutions through online adventure learning by bringing the expedition and authentic learning experiences to classrooms via the internet. While exploring the Arctic Community Curriculum, also check out our expeditions for additional educational resources and extended learning! POLAR BEAR […]

Reading Four: Plant communities

Reading Four: Plant Communities Impact: Soil destabalization The ice in the permafrost (permanently frozen ground) helps maintain the structure of the soil. When it melts, trees can start to fall over or sink-holes can develop which then seasonally fill with water and kill trees living there. Impact: Wetland drainageIn some Arctic wetlands, ponds and lakes, […]

Reading Five: Ocean Communities

Reading Five: Ocean Communities Impact: Shrinking habitats for cold-water species In the Bering Sea, we can already see rapid climate change. The temperature of the bottom water is warming substantially, forcing cold-water species northward an/or reducing their numbers. Habitat is also shrinking for ice algae and other microscopic life that live in, on, under and […]

Reading Three: Land dwellers

Reading Three: Land dwellers Impact: Difficulty getting to food Global warming has affected the winter temperature and precipitation in the Arctic. Precipitation that once fell as snow now increasingly falls as freezing rain. This freezing rain as well as increasingly-common freeze-thaw events (when the changing temperature rises above freezing and snow begins to melt and […]

Reading Two: Ice-edge dwellers

Reading Two: Ice-edge Dwellers Impact: Habitat disintegratingIce-dependent seals like the ringed seal, ribbon seal and bearded seal give birth and nurse their pups on the ice. They make their lairs out of snow on top of the ice. If there is not enough snow cover, they will have difficulty rearing their young. If the ice […]

Reading One: Polar Bears

Reading One: Polar Bears Impact: Difficulty getting food Polar bears hunt ice-dwelling seals. The polar bears walk quietly on the ice to the edge of a seal’s breathing hole in the ice. The bear then waits for the seal to surface for air. This hunting technique takes much less energy for the bear than chasing […]

Arctic Animals: Overview

Discussion Starters Lesson Plans Action! More Resources Adventure Learning Arctic Animals: Profiles Reading 01: Polar Bear Reading 02: Ice-edge dwellers Reading 03: Land dwellers Reading 04: Ocean Communities Reading 05: Plant Communities Animals of the High Arctic have special adaptations that allow them to survive in the harsh climate. The muskox, stays warm with a […]

More Resources – Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals – More Resources The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Arctic Studies Center has a feature on Arctic wildlife and on 19th Century explorer and Naturalist Edward Nelson who documented many of the species of the Arctic. National Geographic’s Animals website gives information on animals from all parts of the world, including the […]

Action! – Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals – Action! The Natural Resources Defense Council has an action page where you can learn about the effects of global warming on polar bears and then personalize and send a letter to the Bush Administration requesting action to slow global warming and list the polar bear as a threatened and endangered species. Although […]

Discussion Starters – Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals – Discussion Starters Teachers Use the following information to spark discussion in your classroom. Familiarize students with the events, people and organizations in the following paragraphs and then encourage students to discuss their opinions and reactions. There are several example questions and suggested areas for discussion. Remind your students that discussion requires well-supported […]