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Introduction to Polar Regions

Animal Themes
Animal Themes

Introduction to Polar Regions
Print Introduction to Polar Regions Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Introduction to Polar Regions Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.63

     challenging words:    icy-cold, effective, environment, despite, extremely, access, launch, biome, attack, however, such, layer, landscape, insulator, against, reindeer
     content words:    Antarctic Polar Regions, Polar Regions, North Pole, Arctic Ocean, South Pole, Because Antarctica

Other Languages
     Spanish: Introducción a las Regiones Polares

Introduction to Polar Regions   

1     The Arctic and Antarctic Polar Regions are covered by snow and ice almost all year round. The Polar Regions are the world's coldest biome. The Arctic is the Earth's northernmost area. There is no land at the North Pole only the Arctic Ocean. At the opposite end of the world from the Arctic is Antarctica. Antarctica is a continent with ice more than 12,000 feet thick! The South Pole is on Antarctica. Because Antarctica is very cold, no humans live there permanently. Together, we call the Arctic and Antarctica the Polar Regions.
2     Despite the cold weather, the Arctic and Antarctica are home to many animals. Whales, walruses, puffins, reindeer, penguins, seals, lemmings, snowy owls, and polar bears all have their own special ways to fight off cold and survive in this extremely harsh environment. Walruses, for example, have a thick layer of yellowish fat, called blubber, under their skin. Blubber is a very effective insulator that allows walruses to swim in icy-cold water and sleep on ice. Many large polar animals have blubber to keep them warm.

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