Tundra Lesson Plan

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

Learning about biomes can seem overwhelming and dull to many students. This lesson will help you teach students about the tundra biome with an engaging lesson and a fun activity that allows for creativity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'tundra' and identify tundra biomes on a map
  • List several characteristics of the tundra biome
  • List several adaptations plants and animals possess that enable them to survive in the tundra
  • Name 1-2 species of plant that live in the tundra
  • Name 3-5 species of animals that live in the tundra


  • 80 minutes


  • Guided note sheet suggestion: Create a worksheet with two sides. On one side, display a map of the world. On the other side, create three columns labeled 'Tundra Characteristics,' 'Plant Adaptations,' and 'Animal Adaptations.'
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Printer paper for the drawing assignment
  • Images of adaptations (optional):
    • Images of plants that can grow in the tundra (for example, lichen, labrador tea, and pasque flower)
    • Images of maps that show the migration of some tundra species (for example, Canada geese, dunlins, yellow wagtails, tundra swans, and snow geese)
    • Comparative images of a compact body (such as arctic fox versus kit fox or arctic hare versus jack rabbit)
  • Copies of the lesson quiz worksheet, one per student

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).

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