Animals of the North Pole
Circle Time: Begin this time with a discussion about the different animals living in the polar region and prepare the children to compare the differences in their ears, tails, noses, and toes, to the animals that live in the warmer climates. Build upon their listening skills by reading the book, Amazing Arctic Animals, by Jackie Glassman. As you introduce the animals, provide opportunities for the children to repeat the names.
Discuss how each animal is created in a unique way to enable them to adapt to the harsh winters, such as the thick coat of fur or extra layer of fat, which keeps them warm. Show pictures of the hairy musk ox, lemming, snow shoe rabbit and puffins. Open discussions about more familiar animals such as the polar bear, arctic fox, wolf, seal, caribou, walrus, snowy owl, moose and reindeer. Cover the details thoroughly, to sharpen the children's listening skills.
On the globe or map, show the class the area of the polar region where these animals live.