National Wildlife Federation: Life in the Cold - Climate Challenge

Students study polar bear adaptations to the cold arctic climate. Older students create models of two arctic animals to learn about adaptations for climate based on body form.


Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
✔ Identify and explain polar bear adaptations to extreme arctic climate and conditions and extrapolate these adaptations to other cold climate animals.
✔ Apply the challenges of the arctic climate, particularly extreme cold, to human adaptation and survival in the arctic.
✔ Explain the connection between amount of body covering and change in temperature due to varying climate conditions. (5-8)

✔ Calculate a surface area to volume ratio (5-8)


Grade Level: 3-5; K-2; 5-8
Time: one to two class periods.
Subjects: math, science, language arts
Skills: analysis, application, classification, problem-solving, critical thinking, comparison, construction

Science Topics
Math Topics
Measurement & Time
K-6, Middle School, Educator
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
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