1) Take a worksheet labeled TASK 1 from the appropriate pile.
2) Read the article below.
3) Answer the questions on the worksheet in note format.
4) When you are finished, turn your notes into a paragraph about the arctic. This part of the task should be completed in your own seat!
5) Be sure to include: sentence variety, proper sequencing of details, present verb tense, accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
The Arctic & Its Animals
The Arctic is an exciting place full of animals and people. There are many types of animals that have their own habitat, and they aren't all frozen. These animals vary in size and characteristics.
The Arctic has eight nations within it. They are Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. It is an area with two million people in it and over fifty languages. One reason that it is a very important area is because of how it affects the weather patterns in the northern hemisphere.
The arctic land is mainly tundra. This frozen ground is above the tree line and is covered with hearty plants like moss and lichen, which caribou and muskox feed on. The arctic animals are strong creatures because low temperatures and precipitation with harsh winds are not uncommon in this environment.
There are a variety of animals living all over the Arctic. The arctic fox, arctic hare, arctic tern, caribou, collored lemming, doll sheep, muskox, narwhal, polar bear, snowy owl, walrus, and wolverine are just some of the creatures that can be found in this frigid setting. Each of them is vital and significant to one another, as well as to the arctic people, for survival.
The people of arctic Alaska depend on the caribou and muskox for most of their food and clothing. Some villages in Greenland and arctic Canada depend on the narwhal for their entire existence!
A wide range of marine mammals and fish live in the severe conditions of the Arctic Ocean. Whales, narwhals, walruses, and seals all make their home in this North Polar region which is covered by ice most of the year. The great polar bear depends on these marine mammals and fish for his survival.
This extremely cold, severe land, located in the northern hemisphere, is full of creatures who have had to adapt to their environment in order to survive.
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