Lesson Plan Title : Life in the Arctic
Age Range: Grade 6 through Grade 8 (Middle School)
Overview and Purpose: In this research project, students are challenged to explain the physical characteristics animals in the arctic need to survive that climate. They incorporate art into the project by creating a 3-D model of their animal.
Objective: The student will be able to research and report on an animal that lives in the arctic.
Internet access for each student
Various materials needed for students to make a 3-D model of their animal
This is a multi-day project. Each student should choose an animal that lives in the arctic. Have them research the physical characteristics that help their animal survive in that climate and write a short paragraph about each characteristic. When they are finished researching, they can use the materials provided (or bring in their own) to create a 3-D model that shows the physical attributes their animal needs to survive in the arctic. Have each student give a short presentation on their animal.
This activity can also be done in groups. More advanced students can be challenged to explain what special accommodations are needed for their animal to survive in a more moderate climate.