Animals, Science

Let’s Learn about the Arctic Wolf!

The Arctic wolf also known as the white wolf and the polar wolf! Where does it live? What does it look like? What does it eat? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions and more!

General Appearance and Behavior

An adult Arctic wolf can weigh between 70 and 125 pounds. A 70-pound wolf is equal to the weight of 4 adult Dachshunds. They range between 2 to 3 feet tall and can be up to 5 feet long including their tail. Think of the average Christmas tree. An Arctic wolf’s body is about three quarters as long as that tree.

The white or sometimes grayish coat of this wolf has two layers. The upper layer gets thicker as the temperature drops in the tundra. The layer of fur closest to the wolf’s skin is waterproof. The waterproof layer of fur helps this wolf to stay dry and maintain its body heat in subzero temperatures.

Along with their insulated fur coats, Arctic wolves have paws with thick pads allowing them to walk on frozen ground. Plus, these pads give them traction on the slippery surfaces they walk and run on. Arctic wolves run while hunting muskoxen or other prey. The fastest recorded speed of an Arctic wolf is 46 mph.

You may think of a wolf as a solitary animal, but Arctic wolves travel in packs of six or so. These wolves live in incredibly cold climates, so they rarely encounter people. Normally, people don’t want to travel to these cold places! They are not aggressive animals unless they are defending their territory from a wolf or another animal.

Habitat of the Arctic Wolf

The Arctic wolf lives in the arctic regions of North America and Greenland. Since they live in these arctic regions year round and these regions have regions have long dark periods that last about 5 months, these wolves have adapted to living in the dark and in the cold. Instead of living in dens in the ground, Arctic wolves live in caves or seek shelter in outcroppings of rocks. The ground in these Arctic areas is always frozen making it impossible for them to dig traditional dens.


What do Arctic wolves eat? Arctic wolves eat Arctic hares, caribou, lemmings and muskoxen. An Arctic wolf is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf. So, you may be wondering how a single Arctic wolf could hunt and kill large mammals. The answer is: They don’t hunt alone. A pack of wolves will work together to single out a weak member of a herd of caribou or muskoxen to capture. A large mammal will be eaten by a pack of wolves over the course of a week or so. An Arctic wolf is able to eat about 20 pounds of animal meat in one feeding period. Next time you go to the store, look in the meat department and see just what 20 pounds of meat actually looks and feels like!

Reproduction and Lifespan

In a pack of Arctic wolves, only the alpha of the pack will mate with the beta female. Arctic wolves are known to stay with one mate. This helps to control the number of wolf pups also called whelps, so there will be adequate food available to them. The gestation period is 63 days and the mother gives live birth to 2 to 3 wolf pups. Newborn pups have dark fur and blue irises that change to yellow as they grow older. They weigh about 3 to 4 pounds when they’re born, but quickly start to gain more. Arctic wolves give birth later on in the month of May and sometimes early June. This is different from gray wolves. Gray wolves give birth in the month of April and usually have 4 to 5 pups in a litter.

They are born with their eyes and ears closed, but are able to see and hear within about 12 to 14 days. The pups can crawl around a bit especially when they want to nurse from their mother. In a few weeks, the pups start to nibble on small pieces of chewed food brought to them by their mother.

Arctic wolf pups stay in the cave or den with their mother for about 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, they join in the activities with the pack and are full-grown adults by 8 months. Generally, grown pups stay with the same pack for years.

The average lifespan of male and female Arctic wolves is about 7 years in the wild and 20 years in captivity. One of the most common reasons for the early death of an Arctic wolf is a lack of available food in the harsh climate. There may be a limited amount of food and that’s taken by the alpha male and beta females in a pack. Another reason for early death is injury. Arctic wolves can be injured during hunts or from another wolf or the main predator, the polar bear.


The population of Arctic wolves is about 200,000. They are not considered to be a threatened species and are officially listed as Least Concern. The main reason that Arctic wolves aren’t threatened is they live on the frozen tundra where very few humans travel and where very few other animals can survive. One of the largest populations of these wolves is found in northern Alaska.

My Teaching Library Arctic Wolf Notebooking Pages

Help your students create a beautiful report using the available: Arctic Wolf | Notebooking Pages! Students will love using these pages to create a report on the Arctic wolf. They are also perfect to use during a study of the arctic region, tundra animals or as a cross-curricular unit that will have students reading, writing, completing map work (geography) and learning about the life of this cute little squirrel (science).


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The Birth of Jesus – The Christmas Story

The Christmas story can be found in both Matthew and Luke. It is the beautiful story of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. My Teaching Library has created two copywork products (one using the KJV version, one using the NIV version) to help students learn the story and at the same time, practice valuable skills (keep reading to find out what these skills include).

If you aren’t interested in the actual copywork products and you simply want to read the story to your children, here it is (using the NIV version):

The Christmas Story
Luke 2:1-20
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to
Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his
favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

You may be wondering what benefits can be found in having your children copy text such as this. Aside from helping them learn the story, you may be asking, Why put in the time and effort to simply copy what they are reading?”

Why copywork?
Copywork is copying a piece of well-written work, from any variety of sources, onto paper or into a notebook. The student copies from a written selection using his best penmanship to create a “perfect copy” that is properly spaced and includes all proper capitalization and punctuation marks. It is a method, that when used consistently, will improve your child’s penmanship, grammar, and punctuation skills as well as expose him to a variety of writing styles, structures, and techniques.

Do you prefer a NIV version of this resource? Christmas Story Copywork | NIV

Do you prefer a KJV version of this resource? If so: Christmas Story Copywork | KJV

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The Arctic Fox

The arctic fox is an incredibly hardy animal that can survive frigid Arctic temperatures as low as –58°F in the treeless lands where it makes its home.

It has furry soles, short ears, and a short muzzle—all-important adaptations to the chilly clime. Arctic foxes live in burrows, and in a blizzard they may tunnel into the snow to create shelter.

Common Name: Arctic Fox
Scientific Name: Vulpes lagopus
Type: Mammals
Diet: Omnivore
Group Name: Skulk, leash
Average life span in The Wild: 3 to 6 years
Size: Head and body: 18 to 26.75 inches; tail: up to 13.75 inches
Weight: 6.5 to 17 pounds

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Fun, Christmas Themed Writing Prompts

One great way to get students thinking and writing during the month of December is to give them some fun, Christmas themed writing prompts!

Here are 20 that will add some holiday fun into the school day:

  1. Personification means giving human traits, such as feelings and thoughts, to objects. Personify your Christmas tree. Write a story from the Christmas tree’s point of view.
  2. Pretend the president has passed a law banning Christmas. Write a letter to convince him that Christmas should not be banned.
  3. Pretend that you can choose one gift that will be given to every child in the world. What gift to you choose? Why?
  4. Write about the perfect Christmas Day. Include plenty of details.
  5. What does Santa want for Christmas? Make a Christmas list that includes whatever you think he might want. Tell why you think each item should be on the list.
  6. What do you think Santa’s elves do on their day off? Write a story about an elf that gets into some kind of trouble on his day off.
  7. How many Christmas gifts do you think a child your age should get? Why do you think so?
  8. Do you think it is better to be a kid or an adult at Christmastime? Tell why you think so.
  9. Pretend that you can get each person in your family any Christmas gift you want–even if it is very expensive or difficult to get. What would you give each person and why?
  10. You are in charge of planning Christmas dinner. Create a menu for your perfect Christmas meal.
  11. Pretend you are one of Santa’s elves. Write a journal entry about your day.
  12. Think about last Christmas. How was your life different then? How is it the same?
  13. Create a Top 10 list of your favorite Christmas activities. Your favorite should be #1.
  14. Pretend you have been given a baby reindeer to raise. Write about what you will do to take care of it. What challenges will you have to overcome?
  15. Write about your favorite Christmas book or movie.
  16. Who would you rather have as a friend: one of Santa’s elves or a snowman that magically came to life? Explain your choice.
  17. Finish this sentence in 10 different ways: This Christmas I hope…
  18. Create a new holiday tradition for your family. Write about what you would do and why it would be important.
  19. Write a story about “riding in a one-horse open sleigh.”
  20. Write about the best Christmas present you have ever received. Why was it so special?

Want to add even more holiday fun? Have students write their journal entries using this My Teaching Library product: Christmas Writing Paper


December Classroom Planning Ideas!

Christmas is fast approaching so to help you add some holiday spice to your lessons (and let’s face it, we all need help from time to time), here are some fantastic December, Christmas and Hanukkah themed resources that your kids will definitely enjoy…



Language Arts





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May your December be FULL of family and special memories this year!
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Educational Picks for November!

To help with your November planning, here are My Teaching Library’s November educational picks…

U.S. Elections: A Student-Centered Project-Based Unit for 4th-6th Grades
If you have a student wanting to learn about what is currently happening in the country, here is a resource for them! It also will give them a chance to take charge of their learning! Using this resource students will create a wonderful notebooking or lapbook project!

Pumpkin Poetry – Fall Creative Writing
This resource, Pumpkin Poetry, has been created to spark your students’ imaginations and creative writing! Covering 9 different types of poetry: Acrostic Diamante Haiku Limerick Mono rhyme Cinquain Minute Tanka Shape

Pumpkin Science (Hands-on Activities)
Pumpkin Science has several fun, hands-on activities that ask students to compare, contrast, observe, estimate, count, sort, investigate, graph and much more…Students can even create a Pumpkin Science Journal or use pages as notebooking pages.

Veterans Day Themed Learning - Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Veterans Day Kindergarten – 1st Grade Unit
Celebrate the Veterans Day holiday throughout the month of November with this true cross-curricular resource! Your young learners will learn about this military branches of the United States and the why we should honor those who have served our country.

A Comprehensive Study - The Mayflower for 5th-6th Grades

A Study of the Mayflower | 5th-6th Grade
This is a comprehensive, cross-curricular unit study on the Mayflower. Students will read informational text to learn about the ship, its voyages, and its passengers (the Pilgrims). Students will also work with vocabulary related to ship navigational instruments, sections of the ship as well as words used in a farewell letter written to the passengers …and more!

For your Kinders and 1st Graders:

Big vs Small - Worksheets teaching visual discrimination

Big or Small Worksheets
Give your littles the practice they need to develop visual discrimination and basic math skills with 42 engaging worksheets! Students will interactively identify big or small objects by coloring pictures, circling or tracing the words ‘big’ or ‘small’, cutting, pasting and sorting (classifying) pictures.

Rhyming Word Picture Flash Cards – 396 words
This is a LARGE set of rhyming word flash cards with pictures! 396 words in all. There are many ways to use these cards and I give 7 FUN ideas inside this resource!

For your 2nd-3rd Graders:

Mega-Phonics | Blends Volume 2
This large (184 page) volume is filled with phonics learning! Students will concentrate on words with the following blends: scr, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, spl, spr, st, tr

Introducing Multiplication 2nd-3rd Grades

Introducing Multiplication with Arrays | Math with Visual Models
Help students learn and practice the basic concept behind multiplication with these 280 visual model problems. Designed for 2nd – 3rd Grades, students will demonstrate the ability to… – Determine the quantity of shapes shown – Create equations from arrays – Create arrays from given equations!

For your 4th-5th Graders:

Types of Nouns | Interactive Notebook or Lapbook
Engaging and interactive, this Grammar resource will help your students learn to identify different types of nouns: common, proper, singular, plural, possessive, collective, compound, concrete and abstract. Students will be asked to list, categorize and use in context the different types of nouns!

Decimal Bundle | 4th-5th Grade Math
3 products in one! – Resource #1 will help students understand equivalent fractions, decimals and percents. – Resource #2 will have students working with decimal notation, location on a number line, digit value and relative value in relation to half. – Resource #3 will give students a lot of practice adding and subtracting decimals and includes 100 word problems!

For your 6th-8th Graders:

5 Themes of Geography BUNDLE
There are 5 major themes of Geography: Location, Place, Human/Environment Interaction, Movement, and Regions. This BUNDLE includes ALL FIVE individual theme units!

Physical Science – Student Edition
Physical Science is the study of the inorganic world. It is ordinarily thought of as consisting of four broad areas: astronomy, physics, chemistry, and the Earth sciences. This textbook is a full-year Physical Science curriculum (356 pages).
Teacher’s Edition also available.

For your 9th-12th Graders:

The Hobbit – Summaries, Essays, Vocabulary, Quizzes & Tests
This novel study is everything you’ll need to teach the British Literature classic, The Hobbit, broken down into 5 ‘easy to manage’ sections!

Financial Literacy - Simple Compound Interest Units

Financial Literacy | Simple and Compound Interest BUNDLE
This consumer math bundle will teach students about both simple and compound interest and give them the practice they need to help them master solving word problems!

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2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Math, Roman Numerals, Uncategorized

Learning about Roman Numerals and a FREE worksheet!

Roman Numerals & How They Began

Historians believe Roman Numerals began as a tally system. Shepherds on the hills and in the fields around Rome would cut marks into sticks to keep track of how many sheep or goats were in their care.

Each animal was counted then recorded on a wooden stick with a single notch cut with a knife. Every fifth sheep was recorded on the stick with two notches which formed a V.  Each tenth sheep was recorded with two cuts to form an X. This method of record keeping was still being used by Italian shepherds during the Nineteenth Century!

How to Write Roman Numerals

I = 1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
D = 500
M = 1000

The mnemonic ‘I Value Xylophones Like Cows Do Milk’ may really help you. If you’d like a poster and/or flash cards, you can get them on My Teaching Library…

How to Read & Write Roman Numerals – The Additive Property

The Additive Property – This rather ‘techo’ term simply means to ADD the value of each symbol to arrive at the final number .
e.g. LXXXIII = 50 + 10 + 10 +10 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 83

Roman Numeral Rules:
When writing roman numerals NEVER use more than 3 of any symbol.
– When smaller numerals are on the right hand side of bigger ones ADD them to the larger.
– Putting a numeral of lesser value before a numeral of greater value decreases the second numeral by the amount of the first. Thus IV equals four because V (five) is decreased by I (one).
– Putting a numeral of lesser value after a numeral of greater value increases the first numeral by the amount of the second. Thus VI equals six because V (five) is increased by I (one).

Fun Lapbook Project to learn Roman Numerals

Students will learn both the history and math of roman numerals as they create a lasting project. Students are given informational text (a brief history) of this numerical system as well as an explanation of the numbers and how they are used (counted – will require students to ‘identify’ given numbers – i.e. CDLX). Students will also learn how roman numerals are used now in every day life.


  • – Explanation and instructions for creating a lapbook
  • – Informational text
  • – Map of Ancient Roman Empire
  • – Lapbooking templates

My Teaching Library is also offering a FREE worksheet to get students working with Roman Numerals 1 to 99. This FREE Roman Numerals Worksheet has been taken from MTL’s Roman Numerals 1 to 99 and Thanksgiving Mazes product. It will give your students practice converting Roman numerals to numbers (1 to 99). There are 12 problems and a fun cornucopia maze. Answer Key included!

Get your instant free Roman Numerals Worksheet here!

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October, Product Suggestions, Uncategorized

Mid-October Activities and Lessons

Isn’t it amazing just how fast time goes by?! It is hard to believe it is mid October already! I live in Colorado and just last night we had a huge cold front move in from the north. Needless to stay, there was a lot of wind and I have leaves everywhere!

This made me think how much I used to love doing leaf activities with my son when he was younger. So…today I want to share a few you can find on My Teaching Library!

Shape Book – Maple Leaf
Students love to create and this resource, Shape Book – Maple Leaf, will give them a fun template to create! Whether they are publishing a story, a poem or a brief report about Autumn (Fall), their work will be extra special to them using these Maple Leaf templates.

Autumn Art | Leaf Mobile
Create a colorful autumn leaf mobile with the included leaf templates!

Autumn Art | Leaf Relief
Here is a quick art project for the Fall! Students will have fun creating a lasting leaf relief that they can keep for years to come.

My Teaching Library has a lot of other fun activities that would be perfect for this time of year! Here are 3 of the many available…

October: Color the Picture & Write a Story
This resources has 20 different October / Fall-themed scenes, students can color the picture on each and then write a story that goes along with the picture.

My Pumpkin Lapbook
This interactive unit for students will allow them to create a cute LAPBOOK about PUMPKINS! Great to use anytime, especially in October or November during the Fall Holidays.In the resource you’ll find vocabulary, vocabulary cards, life cycle, parts of a pumpkin, pumpkin book templates to answer questions such as “Native American uses for pumpkin”, “Nutritional value of pumpkins” and more. Also included: Explanation / Instructions for lapbooking.


Because mid-October often has people thinking about creepy crawly things (like spiders…ewww), I’ve just created a resource for learning the life cycle of a spider…

Spider Life Cycle | Poster and Activities
Want to study the life cycle of a spider? Here is a resource for you!
This resource Includes:
– 2 labeled posters (color and b/w) – life cycle coloring page
– colorful center activity
– 2 cut-n-paste worksheets

I’ve also just added a new, fun Fall writing activity…

Fall Chaos | Creative Writing Activity
FUN Fall writing activity. Use as a lesson assignment or in a writing center. Using this resource, students will roll one die 4 times and use the chart to help determine the character, setting, weather and conflict that should be in their story. Then, they will plan out their story on given pages:
– Character Planner
– Setting Planner
– Story Planner

After all planning is complete, they will write their stories!

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Lapbooking, notebooking, Uncategorized

The Process of Electing our Leaders | U.S. Elections

It’s important that students learn about every aspect of the election process.

Your students want to learn and they love when given a chance to take charge of their learning! That is why My Teaching Library offers this U.S. Elections themed resource that will give them the opportunities they need to take charge, make decisions, collaborate and learn…all while creating a wonderful project!

This resource will give the students the opportunity to learn about different aspects of U.S. elections (both local and national elections) and at the same time give them choices as to what they want (or need) to focus on.

It will also give them the opportunity to choose how they want to work (alone or in a group) and how they present their findingsm using either a notebooking method or creating a lapbook. Of course, if you as the teacher, want (or need) to assign specifics and give them less control, you can do that as well. This resource is flexible!

Several informational text pages have been provided but students should be encouraged to read books and find other resources to gather information. Perhaps they can watch an upcoming televised debate. Perhaps they can attend a townhall meeting or interview someone.


  • Teacher pages for instructions, explanations and evaluations and more
  • Sample questions to get students ‘thinking’
  • Over 100 pages for students to select from when designing their projects! (These student pages have been created ‘in color’ but can easily be printed in b/w or grayscale to save $$$).

(Please note: If you are a MTL Download Club subscribing member, this resource is FREE!)