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Arctic Animals

Students use their knowledge of geometry to skate the Polar Regions with the Arctic animals!

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Discuss how Arctic animals live in the Polar Region located at the northernmost part of the earth. Show students a map of the region. This area is covered in snow and ice and is frigid. Show the students pictures or a video on arctic animals. Let students comment on the conditions that Arctic animals have to live with.
    2. Have students research an arctic animal using books and electronic devices. Once they have chosen an animal that they are intrigued with have students make a three-dimensional sculpture using Crayola® model magic. Demonstrate that by combining solid geometric shapes together an arctic animal can be easily made.
    3. Demonstrate how to make a sphere, cone, cylinder and cube with the modeling compound. These shapes will become the body, head, arms, legs, beaks, and other parts of each animal. Students should get started by mixing white and blue model magic together to achieve a marbleized effect. This can be flattened out with a rolling pin to look like a sheet of ice.
    4. Students begin with the main body and parts of the animal. Gently press pieces together so that they stick. Students may wish to add winter hats, scarfs or earmuffs to their animal. Remind students that Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together.
    5. Have modeling tools, textured items or texture plates available so that students can designs to the sculpture.
    6. Display the arctic animals in the library during the winter months with books on snow, arctic animals and winter.
  • Standards

    LA: Describe characters, setting, and major events in a story, using key details.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Speak audibly and express thought, feeling, and ideas clearly.

    MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.

    MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

    SS: Locate and distinguish among varying landforms and geographic features, such as mountains, plateaus, islands, and oceans.

    SCI: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

    VA: Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

    VA: Through experimentation, build skills in various media and approaches to art-making.

    VA: Create art that tells a story about a life experience.

  • Adaptations

    Read the Snow Bear by Miriam Moss, Playful Little Penguins by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees and other arctic animal books for kids. Have students act out the animals through movement and sound. Encourage children to think about how these animals would move and what noises they would make. Now demonstrate some simple yoga poses such as: the resting pose, heroe’s pose with bunny breath, bear walk, pigeon pose and kneeling. Encourage kids to choose a pose that reminds them of an arctic animal and try it!

    Show the students pictures or a video of snow sculptures. These three dimensional masterpieces are miraculous. Have children share which sculptures were their favorite and explain why. Give every student white model magic and let them make a mini snow sculpture of their choice. Place all of the sculptures together in a showcase with white batting underneath.

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