Arctic Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study
of Arctic. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information,
content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also
links to instructional materials (lesson plans) that will help teachers provide
instruction in this theme. Please read our
of the Arctic
- This ThinkQuest Junior site has good articles on a dozen animals found
in the arctic.
- See this CLN theme page for resources on polar studies - but with a focus
on the Antarctic.
in Arctic North America
- An overview of some archaeology research recently undertaken in the north.
The focus of the research is to understand the origins and migration of different
Inuit-Eskimo groups. The site also reports on the unique challenges of conducting
the research in Canada's High Arctic regions.
- Over a dozen links to sites with information about animals living in the
- A comprehensive site presenting many concerns from Alaska's north. It offers
information on aspects of Alaska's Natural Resources, History and Culture,
Social Equity and Environmental Justice plus much more.
- The Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean - Joint Ocean Ice Studies (SHEBA-JOIS)
is a special project to gather information helping scientists understand how
arctic air, sea, and ice interact to affect the global environment and to
understand arctic ecosystems.
Small descriptions for Arctic Wolves, Polar Bears, Musk Oxen, Gulls and
See photos of the Science Village, the icebreaker, and the icy airstrip.
Bear Fact Sheet
Provides an overview of the issues regarding the Polar Bear's life cycle.
Try the on-line quiz about Arctic issues.
to Shore: A Personal Story
Read the logs kept by one of the Department of Fisheries scientists working
on the project.
- The Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center is dedicated to the study of northern
peoples, their history and environment and offers a variety of virtual exhibits.
- "Biologist Doug Siegel-Causey shares his knowledge and special insights
about this icy world and it's [sic] inhabitants." The site is divided into
the following sections:
More than 10 Arctic terms defined.
Includes pages for: Albatross, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Ptarmigan,
Puffin, and Snowy Owl.
Information on: Arctic Fox, Caribou and Reindeer, Lemming, Musk Ox.
A Java based game of concentration using pictures of Arctic wildlife for
students to match.
Links to: Beluga Whale, Orca, Polar Bear, Sea Otter, Seals, Walrus
- Students use science process and research skills to investigate the six
biomes of the world. These activities are designed to enhance an integrated
unit on biomes through the use of visual resources.
- Canadian Museum of Civilization: First Peoples Hall and Archeology Hall
- Some of the features of this site include: Native People, Emergence, the
Haida, and Inuit 3D, which requires downloading a Virtual Reality plug-in.
of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
- CAFF is a cooperative environmental protection program adopted by Canada,
Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United
States Scientific documents on habitat and species conservation. Their goals
are to protect, conserve and restore the Arctic environment, conserve Arctic
flora and fauna, and address the special role of the indigenous people of
the Arctic in pursuit of these goals. Note: the scientific documents within
the site would not be appropriate for younger students.
the Islands of Canada's Arctic
- Discover how each of the northern Arctic islands received their names.
Alone on the Ice
- Intermediate/junior high students test the insulating properties of various
materials while designing a South Pole research station in this 10 period
teaching unit from the National Science Foundation. Although Antarctica is
the focus, the content should be generalizable to polar regions in general.
- The Nunatsiaq News web site features the Nunavut and Nunavik editions of
Nunatsiaq News, all rolled into one.
Connections: Exploring the World's Natural Laboratories
- Elementary/junior high students assume the role of polar researchers in
this collection of teaching/learning activities from the National Science
Continental Shelf Project
- This site from Natural Resources Canada has links to Animals, Plants, Humans,
Geography, a Photo Gallery, and an interactive Quiz to text your knowledge.
- Through this lesson plan from National Geographic, high school students
will learn about: the habitats of northwestern Siberia; reindeer and their
role in biodiversity; oil and natural gas reserves and the environmental consequences
of tapping these resources; and threatened regions elsewhere in the Arctic.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content
in Arctic study. For other resources in Socials Studies (e.g., curricular
content), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen"
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