A Trip Around the World: Arctic Exploration Homeschool Plans

The world is amazing! Filled with beauty, culture and various experiences. We can’t physically travel the world yet but we still can explore many places around the world. Our next destination is the Arctic! Home to polar bears, icebergs, dogsleds and way too much snow.

A Trip Around the world Arctic Exploration Plans

We would love to have you join us on a trip to the Arctic. You can follow our daily adventures on instagram or under the hashtag #sbsl_arctic or #sbsl_world.

To Join us you will need the following supplies

  • Ice Cubes
  • Arctic Animals (little people, Toob animals)
  • Don’t Break the Ice Game
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Side Walk Chalk
  • Water Color Paints
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Plastic Letters or Numbers
  • Googly Eyes
  • Latex Gloves
  • Crisco/Shortening/Coconut Oil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • White Packing Peanuts
  • Puzzles

Here are the Resources that we will be using:


How Igloos Keep You Warm

Polar Pen Pals

What causes the Northern Lights?

Arctic Animals

Learning Names and Sounds of Polar Animals

Sled Dogs

Icebergs and Glaciers (Musical Version)

What’s below the tip of the iceberg?

Iceberg Crashing

Picture Books:

Arctic White –

Sled Dog School –

Into the Arctic –

Polar Kingdom Animals – Auzou

In The Arctic – The Magic School Bus

My Very Big Book of Canadian Animals – Auzou

St Lawrence Beluga – Owl Magazine

Polar Babies – Susan Ring

Whales – Melvin and Gilda Berger

The Great Animal Search – Ian Jackson

Polar Bears – Nature’s Children

Caribou – Nature’s Children

Wolves – Nature’s Children

Whales – Nature’s Children

Polar Bears – Usborne Conrad Mason

Arctic and Antarctic – DK Eye Wonder

Arctic and Antarctic – DK Eyewitness Books Barbara Taylor

Chapter Books:

Polar Bear Patrol – The Magic School Bus

Polar Bears Past Bedtime – Magic Tree House



Puffin Rock

Frozen Planet

The Polarman

Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet on Thin Ice

Frozen Planet an Epic Journey

Wild North


Who Lives in the Arctic

Arctic Prey Maze

Polar Bear Craft

Gather the needed supplies and resources before our scheduled departure on January 22nd. On the 21th at 8:00 MST I will show you exactly how to use all the supplies mentioned so be sure to join our Facebook page, Side By Side Learn to catch our live video.


Arctic Book List for your Little Readers

Baby, it is cold outside!

We are under lots of snow which was perfect for our week long study of the Arctic! We gathered up lots of great books and cuddled under a pile of blankets. Reading and snuggling is one of my favorite activities to do with my little’s.

Good books open up the doors of curiosity and exploration. Here are the books that we used during our Arctic study.

Arctic Book List

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Arctic Week Review

This was one of my favorite themes so far. We had so much fun and learned more than I expected.

Here are our workboxes prior to starting this week:

Bee’s math bin was by far his favorite this week. First we took the animals out of the bin and identified them all. Then we matched the number manipulatives with the numbers on each animal. Our last step was to place them numerically. It was so easy but great number repetition. The printables were darling too which made it even better.

Arctic Numbers

We also had some pre-writing practice with our math bin. Bee is getting much better at holding a pencil and also following basic lines and shapes.

Arctic Prewriting

Sweets continued working on her puzzle skills and shape recognition. In keeping with our arctic theme I had her match pictures of animals. She is improving so much and enjoying the challenges.

Arctic Animal Matching

Arctic Fox Label

Once I printed off the activities that I choose I was a little concerned. Bee can’t read, we are so far from even thinking about teaching reading. Letters are our main priority, what was I thinking… Oy. Oh well, we went for it and Bee loved labeling the foxes body parts. The words were simple: tail, paw, nose and ear. I asked Bee what the first letter of each word was. Once we got the right letter, a little prompting needed, then we said the word and placed it on the image. I was surprised with how frequently Bee choose to do this activity.


Sweets focus is also on letter recognition. We are loving our Melissa and Doug Alphabet puzzle. It is high quality, has bright colors and says the letter when you place a piece. It is just perfect. We also matched arctic animal images while saying the animal names. Sweets is surprisingly good at pronunciation even though I was simply trying teaching her some new animal names.

Arctic Animal Letters

Our Science sensory bin was so much fun! Sweets loved balancing the animals on top of each other. It was goofy but she did it over and over again and just giggled. While Sweets napped I filled the bin with cool water and ice cubes and let Bee play outside. His hands got chilly, which opened the door for us to talk about temperature and how arctic animals stay warm up North. After we warmed up we watched the Magic School Bus where they discussed how animals keep insulated with various insulators such as fur and blubber. We also had the book but sometimes I like the option of just turning on a show so I can have a little break.

Arctic Ice Sensory

Everyday we’re reading! Everyday and everywhere. We made excellent choices for our reading material this week. Some times we just looked at the many pictures, sometimes we read the info and sometimes I let the kids tell me about the Polar Bears.

Arctic Reading

Charcoal Drawing

Originally I had a small polar bear and cotton ball craft planned but it never came together. We did however make a trip to Grandma’s house, my parents. While we were there the kids were able to play with a new medium. Charcoal. What beautiful pictures they made!



The Three Snow Bears – Jan Brett

The Polar Bear Scientists – Peter Lourie

Welcome to the World of Spirit Bears – Diane Swanson

The Magic School Bus in the Arctic: A Book About Heat

The Bear Report – Thyra Heder

Baby Polar Bear (Nature Babies) – Aubrey Lang

Polar Kingdom Animals – Christophere Boncerns