Teaching Tools about the Arctic

The education materials in this toolkit are designed to explore, analyze, and discuss the importance of the Arctic ecosystem. These resources are geared towards grades 3-8 but can be adapted for any grade level.

Background Resources for Educators

The resource guide gives you all the information you need to teach your students about the Arctic. The guide includes basic facts about the Arctic, why this region matters, what threats it is facing, what WWF is doing to help, and what kids can do to help.

  • Arctic Educators Resource Guide

    Arctic Educators Resource Guide

Learning Activities

  • Science

    Arctic Discussion Questions

    Use these discussion questions to help shape supplementary discussions and activities within your learning environment.

  • Science

    Race To Leave No Trace

    This active game will help participants understand the dangers associated with natural resource extraction in fragile places, such as the Arctic, and brainstorm alternatives that could allow us to continue using Earth's resources in a way that better protects the environment.

  • Language Arts

    Protecting My Arctic Home

    Learners will read and discuss the article before engaging in a writing assignment that allows them to consider Indigenous perspectives and the effects that climate change has on Indigenous Arctic communities as well as their own communities.

  • Science

    It's a Matter of Energy: Arctic Food Webs

    Students will learn about some of the producers, consumers, and decomposers that are a part of the terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems of the Arctic by creating food web models to visually represent how energy is transferred between species.

  • Science

    Good (Carbon) Behavior

    Students will learn how to demonstrate "good carbon behavior" by playing a social and emotional learning game that challenges them to make carbon-responsible decisions.

  • Science

    Good (Carbon) Behavior Game

    Use this PowerPoint version to play the Good (Carbon) Behavior board game on the computer. Pair it with the discussion, reflection, and assessment tools in the learning activity.

Printables

  • Take Action Tic-Tac-Toe

    Take Action Tic-Tac-Toe

  • Vocabulary Word Search Scramble (with answer key)

    Vocabulary Word Search Scramble (with answer key)

  • Spot the Difference (with answer key)

    Spot the Difference (with answer key)

  • Arctic Posters (8.5x11)

    Arctic Posters (8.5x11)

  • Arctic Posters (11x17)

    Arctic Posters (11x17)

All About Polar Bears

Did you know polar bear fur isn’t actually white? Learn all about these marine mammals of the Arctic!


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Test Your Knowledge

Check out Wild Classroom's Habitat Spotlight: Arctic collection on Kahoot! Academy.

More Arctic Resources

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