Polar Regions unit study and lapbook


Polar Regions unit study and lapbook
We have finished our Polar Regions unit study and lapbook and had a great time with it!  My kids made snow goggles and soapstone carvings (out of soap!).  We also ate some  “Eskimo” food. 

We’re reading a neat book about Arctic missionaries called Mik-Shrok (Repp)  

Here are the other books we read:

Reindeer Trail (Hadar)

The Emperor’s Egg (Jenkins)

Explore Antarctic (Kalman)

Living in the Tundra (Loughran)

North Pole, South Pole (Levinson)

Polar Bear, Arctic Hare (Spinelli)

Arctic and Antarctic (DK)

Keiko’s Story: A Killer Whale Goes Home (Kurth)

Into the Ice: The Story of Arctic Exploration (Curlee)

Alaska ABC Book (Kreeger)

The Bravest Dog Ever:  The True Story of Balto (Standiford)

The Arctic (Lynch)

Dog Sledder: Racing Across the Snow in Alaska (Brode)

Welcome to the Ice House (Regan)

Cultures of the World: Iceland (Wilcox)

The March of the Penguins (the book) (Jacquet)

Snow Bear (Harper)

And a non-fiction book on dog sledding

We also watched some documentaries:

March of the Penguins

The Free Willy Story: Keiko’s Journey Home

The activities we included in the lapbook are: 
  • maps of Arctic and Antarctica,
  • graph of glaciers, polar explorers,
  • animals of Arctic vs. Antarctic,
  • food chain,
  • info on polar bears,
  • lots of info on penguins,
  • info on dog sledding,
  • clothes of the Eskimo,
  • vocabulary words,
  • info on snow,
  • poems about snowmen,
  • pocket reports on Keiko the Killer Whale (star of Free Willy movies) and Balto the sled dog
  • colored flags of the Arctic countries.  
Here are some pictures:

Some of the lapbook templates were from 2 different Hands of a Child project packs:  Snow and Sled Dogs.  You can download these at CurrClick.


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  1. This was very neat! Did you buy the folders that color or did your children decorate them?

    Thanks for sharing



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