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Create a Polar Creature
In this classroom activity, students consider what features an ideal creature would have to thrive in the extreme habitat of Antarctica, which has ice floes, katabatic winds, and subzero temperatures. They use recycled materials to construct a polar creature that is ideally suited to life in Antarctica. They then document their creation with a field guide entry. The printable four-page handout includes a series of inquiry-based questions, illustrated activity directions, and a worksheet that includes brainstorming questions, areas for recording their answers, and directions for creating the field guide entry.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
Subject:
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 American Museum of Natural History, Rice University, and the Education Development Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-202
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Regulation and behavior
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Biological evolution
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'What Organisms Live in Antarctica?'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History