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In most legends, it is known as the location of Santa’s workshop. The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, which is frozen almost entirely year-round because the sun doesn’t shine there for about half a year.
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- The North Pole spends half of the year in light (summer) and the remaining half in darkness (winter).
- The temperature there can drop to a freezing 31°C below zero (-23.8°F).
- There are two North Poles: Geographic North Pole, and Magnetic North Pole.
- Robert E. Peary was the first person to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1909, on a dog sled.
- On May 9, 1926, Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first people to reach the pole by airplane.
- The U.S. atomic submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cruise under the North Pole in 1958.
- There is no land beneath the ice of the North Pole.
- Arctic snow bunting and the Arctic tern are birds that travel to the North Pole in summer to breed.
- The arctic tern travels between the North and South Poles yearly.
- The bird breeds in the Arctic Circle, but migrates during the Northern Hemisphere winter to the edges of the Antarctic ice pack.
- There are also polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals and whales around the North Pole.
- The narwhal is often referred to as the ‘unicorn of the sea’.
- Male narwhals have a straight tusk projecting from the front of their head that can grow to over 3m in length.
- July is the North Pole’s warmest month where the temperature rises to zero degrees Celsius.
- In February, the average temperature is -35°C.
- The indigenous people of the Arctic, called the Inuit, live in the Arctic Circle.
Legends About Santa’s Village:
- Santa’s workshop, village and home are located at the North Pole.
- Santa’s workshop is a big toy factory where elves work.
- Some believe he picked the North Pole because it represents the top of the world.
- It is said that his village is full of small cottages.
- Santa’s house is believed to be a big cottage that is red, white and gold and smells like Christmas cookies.
- The other cottages are red and white like candy canes, others are brown and look like gingerbread houses.
- These cottages are where the elves live.
- Since it’s cold in the North Pole, some believe that there is a magical dome that surrounds his village that keeps heat in.
North Pole Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use North Pole Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the North Pole which is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, which is frozen almost entirely year-round because the sun doesn’t shine there for about half a year.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- North Pole Facts
- Magnetic and Geographic
- Travel to the North Pole
- Fact or Legend?
- Drawing the Narwhal
- Fill in the Blanks
- Santa’s Workshop
- Travel to the North Pole
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