Biosphere, Cryosphere, Elementary (K-4)
With air, land, living things and water, too.
On a globe, two circles outline their spaces.
Antarctica is a continent. The Arctic, it is not.
North and South poles are magnetic.
On a globe each pole is just a dot.
Earth's poles have polar ice caps.
No, not some kind of polar hats.
If you look you can see them on polar maps.
Now take your time.
And read this rhyme.
About Earth's polar living things.
They need it to live in that cold habitat.
In the air or sea and on the land,
Just how much cold can they stand?
Polar plants, they have no fat.
There are lichens, mosses. Stuff like that.
In the Arctic, just shrubs,no trees.
Flowers bloom there, but are there bees?
Arctic and Antarctic, people can live there too.
Native peoples of the North, some in igloos.
In the Antarctic, now that is tougher.
Scientists working there, do they suffer?
But way up or way down there, at the poles
Places where almost nobody goes and not much grows.
You need a microscope to see the some life.
What tiny things live in or under all that ice?
In polar oceans some whales get their fill
Eating tiny animals swimming by called krill.
Whales swim North and whales swim South.
How do they catch krill with such big mouths?
There are caribou, foxes and Arctic rabbits.
Seals and birds, each with their own eating habits.
Whales and fish and bugs, oh brother.
Which ones eat plants and which ones, each other?
On land, on ice, in water and air.
Polar things are found living there.
But a polar bear, a penguin, on TV sharing a Coke?
What is that? Some kind of bad science joke?
Some wonder if it will it last.
Antarctic ice sheets break.
Floating icebergs the pieces make.
In the Arctic sea ice floes.
Melt in summer, in winter grow.
A story is in the song a whale sings.
How will changing polar ice change polar living things?
Polar Living Things Essential Questions:
With the support of NASA and in recognition and celebration of the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, this and other ESSEA modules focusing on polar topics have been created in hopes of increasing the awareness, understanding and interest of school-age children in polar conditions and research.
To view a NASA video about IPY click here.
Comparing Earth's Poles
Here are some sites to find some printables for your polar book, mobile and/or diorama.
Earth Science Basics
Just About Polar Living Things
Antarctica's Climate Secrets
Beyond Polar Bears and Penguins
Digital Library for Earth System Science
K-3 Teachers' Guide to Arctic Animals
NASA International Polar Year for Educators
Arctic and Antarctic Living Things: Are they the same or are they different?
Dinos in the Dark
Use what you've learned from the e-books and what you can find out to complete one of the following Cycle A investigations.
Polar Living Things Venn Diagram
Want to Connect Polar Ice to Polar Living Things? Investigations Extension
What if? Polar Ice and Polar Living Things Investigation Extension
Learn About Polar Living Things
Design a Polar Living Things Investigation