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Find activities designed for grades 3-5, with extensions for younger and older students. For kids, climate change can seem complicated and scary. That’s why age appropriateness is a vitally important ingredient of climate change education. Grown-ups can learn to sort out what’s true and teach what we should do about it. This fosters a strong, positive connection with the natural world and builds a foundation for caring about global environmental problems later in life.

Polar bears are incredibly specialized hunters that have adapted to life in the Arctic environment. The sea ice is their hunting grounds, and they depend on it for survival. Polar bears live only in the Arctic and as the sea ice continues to melt, the polar bears’ primary habitat becomes more threatened.

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. For more than 70 years, NWF has been connecting people of all ages with nature through award-winning education programs and resources.

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The Arctic

The Arctic is a polar region located at the northernmost part of the Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean and parts of Canada, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. The Arctic region consists of a vast, ice-covered ocean, surrounded by treeless permafrost. The area can be defined as north of the Arctic Circle (66° 33'N), the approximate limit of the midnight sun and the polar night. Alternatively, it can be defined as the region where the average temperature for the warmest month (July) is below 10 °C (50 °F); the northernmost tree line roughly follows the isotherm at the boundary of this region.

The Arctic

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Polar Bear Myths & Facts

Test your polar bear I.Q.! Do polar bears have fiber optic fur? Do they cover their black noses when hunting? Can we build artificial platforms to save them? Our biologists answer myths and provide facts about polar bears.

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