Issue 13

Tundra: Life in the Polar Extremes

At first glance, the polar regions may seem barren and lifeless. Yet the tundra - found in both the Arctic and Antarctica - is home to a surprising diversity of life. In this issue, explore the tundra and how it can illustrate ecological concepts, relationships, and changes. Consider common misconceptions and strategies for formative assessment. Learn how to engage girls in science and help students write research reports. Discover informational text, children's literature, and lesson plans for classroom use.

Photo: Autumn colors, with the Brooks Range in the background, near the Sagavanirktok River, Alaska. This area is part of the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (ARC LTER) site. Photo courtesy of Jim Laundre, Arctic LTER.