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Tundra Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of the Tundra. 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) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our Animals of the Arctic

This ThinkQuest Junior site has good articles on a dozen animals found in the arctic/tundra regions.

Arctic and Northern Animals
An annotated metalist of links to over 50 sites with information about animals living in the arctic/tundra regions.

Arctic Wildlife Portfolio
Concise desriptions from the Smithsonian of some birds, mammals, and sea life of the arctic (and tundra) regions.

Biome Investigation
Using picture/graphical resources on the Internet as starting points, intermediate students investigate the six biomes of the world in this lesson plan. Two specific objectives are to describe the major factors that shape biomes and to represent the connections between the factors that determine biome development and plant and animal life.

Conservation of Artic 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.

TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional content are also possible.

This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "tundra will produce a few hits however none of the lessons focuses strictly on the Tundra Biome. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.

[The] Tundra
Vegetation, growthforms, climate, fauna, distribution of the tundra with illustrations.

[The] Tundra Biome
School students put together this concise site on the facts, animals and plants of the Tundra.

[The] Tundra Biome
The objectives of this short module from the University of Wisconscin are for students to describe the characteristics of tundra vegetation and the controls over their existence, and to escribe what permafrost is and how it affects vegetation in the tundra biome. There's also a link to information about Tundra climate.

Tundra: The Not So Barren Land
A brief overview.

Welcome to the Tundra Biome
One of the better sites for students with well written information and lots of images. Caution: as a Geocities site, you'll have to put up with intrusive and annoying advertising.

What's It Like Where You Live? Tundra Biome
This Evergreen Project web site offers basic information on the tundra, including its location, plants, and animals.

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