Arctic Activities & Games

Instructor: Rachel Tustin

Dr. Rachel Tustin has a PhD in Education focusing on Educational Technology, a Masters in English, and a BS in Marine Science. She has taught in K-12 for more than 15 years, and higher education for ten years.

The Arctic is a harsh climate that would appear very dull on the surface. However, it is a rich landscape of changing seasons, wildlife, and cultures that can be used to teach science, literature, and even sports.

Arctic Life

The Arctic, while it may appear just a white icy world, is rich in so many ways. It is home to resourceful animals and cultures of people who have adapted to life in the harsh climate. All of these lend themselves to a rich and diverse study of what life in the Arctic is really like.

Writing about Life in the Arctic

Life in the Arctic is far from easy. The harsh climate does not lend itself to the traditional survival strategies students might think of, such as growing your own food or building a shelter out of leaves and wood. The reality is that wood isn't a resource in the Arctic, so you have to be even more creative and resourceful.

In this research and writing activity, your students are going to use a variety of books as well as the Internet, to research life in the Arctic and then apply that information to a creative writing assignment.


  • Books about life in the Arctic appropriate to your grade level. For example Julie of the Wolves and Arctic Son by Jean Craighead George
  • A list of websites about life in the Arctic

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