Arctic Activities Promote Hands-On Learning

Arctic Activities Promote Hands-On Learning

As a culminating activity for their unit on Arctic animals and penguins, kindergartners at Tackan rotated through different Arctic centers on Jan. 27.

The different activities helped reinforce lessons learned during the unit. Students went ice fishing for the number of fish labeled on their bins. Since polar bears have a keen sense of smell, students had to use their senses to guess the different items in covered cups. In the polar bear estimation station, the kindergartners had to predict the number of cotton balls that would cover their polar bear and then cover their polar bear with cotton and compare their predictions.

During model magic, they used their artistic skills to sculpt an arctic animal of their choice, such as a snowy owl, walrus, polar bear, arctic fox or penguin. In the drenched and dry station, kindergartners used a crayon to color a penguin and then added water to show how a penguin’s feathers keep it warm and dry. They recorded their observations on a lab sheet.