Today I’ll be sharing engaging hands-on arctic animal learning activities. My boys really enjoy thematic units so I incorporate a lot of thematic studies. There’s so much to learn about the Arctic. We’ve studied about the arctic and arctic animals in the previous years. Each year, we learn more information as we revisit the Arctic theme.
Of course, a great place to start any unit is by reading books on the topic. We have quite a selection of Arctic books. We also watched videos of certain arctic animals. It’s important to note that Penguins live in the Antarctic and not in the Arctic (North Pole).
4 hands-on Arctic Animal Learning Activities
1) Big Book (GLAD strategy)
My goal this year with the arctic study was for my 4-year-old to know animal baby names. He learns well through rhymes or patterns. So I made my own big book on animal babies using the Brown Bear, Brown Bear rhyme pattern.
Benefits of using self-made big books.
- Isolate concepts you want to teach
- Expose children to expository texts
- Precise and to the point
How to make your own Big Book
- choose the concept you want to focus on
- print out real images
- choose a pattern and type out the sentences
- glue on cardstock or construction paper
- laminate for durability
secure the book with a book ring
2) Comparative Chart
My son wanted to learn more about walruses and ringed seals. So I made a chart comparing the two animals. The comparative input chart is much like the Venn diagram but it uses pictures of the objects/animals that are being compared. The chart provides a great visual for learners. You can also do a Pictorial input chart if your child is interested in learning about a particular animal. You can check this post out to learn how to create a pictorial chart.
3) Predator and Prey Chart
To engage my visual and kinesthetic learner, we used mini animals on the predator and prey chart. You could also write or draw it out but this was more fun and hands-on.
4) Make your own Arctic animals
So I saved the best for last. To culminate our study on the arctic animals, we made mini arctic animals! I’m so blessed to have talented friends who are so crafty and willing to help. My friend, Karen, guided us in making these cute and adorable mini arctic animals. These are made with just two ingredients! Yup! My boys had so much fun making these mini animals. If you’d like to learn how to make these, visit Karen’s blog, Karen Makes Stuff, where she gives you step by step directions.