If you are looking for an enrichment activity to keep your students engaged and learning leading up to winter break, this virtual field trip to the North Pole is a great option!
First of all, if you are looking for a cutesy journey to the North Pole to check out Santa's workshop, this is NOT it. But, if you are looking for an activity that covers the geographic features, history of exploration, and significance of the North Pole, keep reading.
This virtual tour uses Google Earth 360-degree views, short video clips, and informational text to cover key features of the North Pole in an engaging and interactive way. This activity is self-paced so it could be taught in a whole group setting with the teacher serving as the "tour guide," or simply assigned as an independent activity.
During this trip, your students will learn about the geographic location of the North Pole, climate, the long days and nights, as well as the arctic marine & animal life, and common misconceptions about polar bears and penguins.
Your students will also learn about Indigenous Arctic Peoples and the intricate process of building an igloo.
This virtual field trip includes a look at the "farthest north" expeditions and discusses some of the controversies and often overlooked history of these treks to reach the North Pole.
Did you know that you could take an Arctic cruise to the North Pole for a price tag of $25K? This trip discusses tourism, ice breaker ships, and research ice stations.
And finally, this trip does discuss how St. Nicholas moved his home from Europe to the North Pole, but with the help of an American cartoonist. :)
This trip might sound like a lot, but don't worry, there's really no prep involved at all. Open the trip and begin! And if you are in need of sub plans, this is truly a great option for someone stepping in to take over your class.
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