North Pole Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides your class with activities, a quiz, key terms, discussion topics and questions, as well as an extension that will help your students learn a lot more about the North Pole.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, your students should be able to:

  • pinpoint the location of the North Pole on a map or globe
  • discuss the weather and wildlife near or at the North Pole
  • describe the basics of expeditions that went to the North Pole


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Key Terms

  • Place these terms and their definitions up on the board for students to copy down into their notebooks.
    • North Pole
    • Aurora
    • Electromagnetic activity
    • Arctic tern


Warm Up

  • Ask your students the follow questions to warm them up for the discussion:
    • Where is the North Pole?
    • Besides Santa, who or what lives in the North Pole?


  • Pass out handouts of the lesson text on North Pole Facts: Lesson for Kids.
  • Read this lesson together as a class.
  • Once you've finished reading this, ask the students some questions about the material. They should take notes on the discussion.
    • If you were at the North Pole, what direction would you travel if you were to step to your left? Right? Backwards? Forwards?
    • Pass out pictures of famous expeditions to the North Pole. Discuss what happened during each one.
    • How cold is it at the North Pole?
    • What is the Arctic tern?
    • Launch a video of auroras seen near the North Pole for students to better appreciate their beauty in real-time.


  • Once you've finished the discussion, have the students take the lesson quiz as an in-class activity.
  • After every student has finished taking the quiz, review the questions and answers together as a class.

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