An Emperor Penguin dives into the ocean through a hole in the ice.
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Polar Games and Activities

Dive into one of our new polar activities or games!

Animation showing Annual Variation of Sea Ice Extent in the Arctic

Animation showing Annual Variation of Sea Ice Extent in the Antarctic

Changing Planet:  The Case of the Leaky Gyre

Changing Planet:  Melting Glaciers

Changing Planet:  Permafrost Gas Leak

Compare Images of Arctic Sea Ice Extent Side-by-side

Compare Images of Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Side-by-side

Earth's North Magnetic Pole interactive

Glaciers: Then and Now - Compare photographs of glaciers to observe how Alaskan glaciers have changed over the last century.

Graphing Sea Ice Extent in the Arctic and Antarctic A classroom activity for grades 5-12 where students graph sea ice extent (area) in both polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) over a three-year period to learn about seasonal variations and over a 25-year period to learn about longer-term trends.

Model a Moving Glacier - Make a model of glacier motion and then experiment with it.

Polar Jigsaw Puzzles - Want a challenge? Try 12x12 piece puzzles!

Polar Wordsearch Puzzle Try all three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced!

Postcards from the Field - Antartica - Send a postcard yourself!

Make an Arctic Creature Mobile! - A craft activity to print and color


Last modified May 2, 2011 by Jennifer Bergman.

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