More Resources – Arctic Animals


whale.jpgArctic Animals – More Resources

  • The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Arctic Studies Center has a feature on Arctic wildlife and on 19th Century explorer and Naturalist Edward Nelson who documented many of the species of the Arctic.
  • National Geographic’s Animals website gives information on animals from all parts of the world, including the Arctic. Arctic animals included are polar bears, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, Arctic skua, caribou, narwhal, beluga, walrus, harp seal, killer whale, krill, starfish, sea anemone, and wolves.
  • Sea World’s Arctic Animals curriculum for K–3 and 4–8 is designed to teach students in an active, hands-on way about the natural history of the Arctic and how people form an important part of this ecosystem. The curriculum integrates science, math, art, social studies and language arts and supports the National Science Education Standards. The curriculum is available as a free PDF download.
  • Global Warming Crusade and the National Wildlife Federation developed a 4 – 6 grade curriculum to help students understand about polar bears, the Arctic, and global warming. Lesson plans are free to download but are designed to be used with a DVD and sets of cards that can be purchased through the site.
  • Arctic Change, the “near real-time Arctic Change website” of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has information not only about Arctic ecosystems, but also about climate, land, ice, human inhabitants.
  • Impacts of a Warming Arctic, the overview of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, is a easily-readable and beautifully illustrated book that synthesizes the best-know science and projections for the future of the Arctic ecosystems and people. It is available as a free PDF download.

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