Coldest Places To Live On Earth
What do Yukon, Canada, Yakutska, Siberia, and Oymyakon, Russia, all have in common? They all make the list of coldest places to live on Earth! If you are looking for a unique homeschool winter unit, read on for ideas on how to incorporate all the academic subjects while learning about the coldest habitable places on Earth.
History: Have your child research where the coldest places on Earth are. Find out if the coldest places on Earth are actually habitable. For example, Antarctica is only habitable for short periods of time for scientists to study. Have your child pick one location to study in detail. Find out about the population, jobs in the area, wildlife, economic conditions, schools, and general ways of daily life. Your child could present the information in a written or oral report, or through a poster board of information.
Geography: Map the coldest places on Earth by putting push pins on a world map. See if they have any similarities in geographical location.
Science: Research animal habitats in cold weather, star gazing in winter, or how plants stay alive in the winter while covered with ice and snow. There are many great articles on Bright Hub Education that offer science experiments about winter, trees in winter, and star gazing. A few are linked in this paragraph, indicated by the words in color.
Math: Graph the average temperature where you live. Every day for a week, chart your high and low temperatures. Then, look up on www.weather.com or other weather-indicating websites the weather in some of the coldest places on Earth. See how the different locations compare by doing a comparision chart.
Language: There are many great books available on this topic. Spend some time reading books with your child. Here are some titles to check out. Images are courtesy of www.amazon.com.
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest by Steve Jenkins. This is a colorful, photographic journey through extremes places on the Earth. 32 pages for the preschool level.
Seven Weeks On An Iceberg: A Journey To The Coldest Place On The Planet by Ken Potter. This is 48 page book for 4-8 year olds, although from the reviews I read on Amazon, it also seems appropriate for children older than 8 as well. The book is about Antarctica and lists 17 species of penguins, their nesting and feeding habits, and much more.
Clueless In Alaska: Know More! by Jen Funk Weber and Mike Weber. This book's subtitle is "an activity book filled with puzzles, fun facts, games and jokes." It is a 48 page book for ages 9-12.
This Place Is Cold (Imagine Living Here) by Vicki Cobb and Barbara Lavallee. This 32 page book is for 9-12 year olds and it's about life in Alaska. According to reviews on Amazon it is a book with great explanations of what life is like living in a cold place.
Physical Education: Homeschool winter units are a great was to have fun while learning. The physical education ideas will get your child's muscles moving. Incorporate ideas from the winter sports unit, above, such as pretend ice fishing, or setting up an indoor ski slope.
Music: Have your child make up a song about what it's like to live in the location he/she researched.
Websites for Research: www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/1440, http://scienceray.com/earth-sciences/physical-geography/coldest-cities-on-earth/, www.history.com/shows/ice-road-truckers/articles/the-coldest-places-on-earth.