Adaptations: What animals live in the Arctic? KS2 Science

Students develop their understanding of simple food chains or webs and scientific vocabulary through making an Arctic life mobile.

They will also be introduced to the work of marine scientist, Dr Ceri Lewis, who has worked in the Arctic investigating the impact of environmental change on this fragile ecosystem.

This full lesson contains:

Slideshow 1 What organisms live in the Arctic?
Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance
Activity Overview 1 Arctic mobiles
Student Sheet 1a Researching Arctic organisms
Student Sheet 1b Arctic organisms cards
Student Sheet 1c Arctic life mobiles
Subject Update 3 Arctic life

It forms Lesson 1 of 5 from the Frozen Oceans 7-11 unit of work. Take your class to the North Pole with this cross-curricular investigation of the Arctic Ocean. The lessons progress to cover varied topics and skills needed for a science research expedition in the polar regions. Themes include Arctic food webs, training like an explorer, expedition food, insulation and clothing, the impacts of melting ice and conducting a press conference. The lessons can also be combined into a Polar Challenge Day. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.


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  • Slideshow-1-What-organisms-live-in-the-Arctic.pdf
  • Student-Sheet-1a-Researching-arctic-organisms.pdf
  • Student-Sheet-1b-Arctic-organisms-cards.pdf
  • Student-Sheet-1c-Arctic-life-mobiles.pdf
  • Subject-Update-3-Arctic-life.pdf

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Created: Mar 9, 2016

Updated: Aug 14, 2019


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