The Arctic is literally the end of the world. It takes its name from the Greek word for bear, arktos, because the land is under the constellation of the Great Bear.
The Arctic region is located at the top of the Northern Hemisphere. The Arctic Ocean is about 5.5 million square miles of water, so the Arctic is really a giant sheet of sea ice that floats on top of the Arctic Ocean.
The Arctic is surrounded by land in Greenland, Canada, and Russia. Parts of these countries, along with a part of Alaska, are in the area called the Arctic Circle.
The Arctic Circle is an imaginary circle that extends south about 1620 miles in every direction from the North Pole.
Hammerfest claims to be the northernmost city in the world. In Kirkenes, Norway, the midnight sun shines from May 17 to July 21. The corresponding winter darkness extends from November 21 to January 21, almost two months.
Do you think the residents appreciate this scripture?
Ecclesiastes 11:7: “Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun.” (Revised Standard Version)
Free Decorative Covers for Notebooking Pages to Use as Dividers or for the Front of Lapbooks
A map of the Arctic Circle. I provide two pages that are the same except one has the countries and areas labeled and the other one is blank so that your child can write them in.
These are tiny meander books. I provide instructions on the page on how to cut them and fold them. They store in mini pockets.
The Peoples of the Arctic was especially fun to do because we read in the book Inuit Glimpses of An Arctic Past about the people of the Arctic. When it comes to learning about any country, it is the diverse style of the people living there and how each adapts to their native land that makes learning come alive. This is a fandex type of book explaining each culture.
Links/Downloads We Like
This lesson plan above is for grades 5-8. It has a template for snow goggles and talks about limiting sunlight.
This next guide, or I should say guides, talk about the Arctic animals listed above. There are two guides or grade levels on this teacher’s guide from Seaworld.
Click here to download Arctic Animals K to 8th