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Arctic Animal Masks Lesson Plan

Author: Cassie Walker

Year: 2015

Artform: Theatre

Subjects: Science

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: 30 minutes

Overview: Arctic animals share many physical qualities - especially their colors. Can your kindergartners identify the animals depicted in each other’s masks?

Standards and Objectives

Plan and imitate the sounds and movements of animals.
Compare the parts of different animals, e.g., skin, fur, feathers, scales; hand, wing, flipper, fin.
Students will create masks, and use sounds and movement, to represent one arctic animal: Polar Bear, Snowy Owl, Arctic Hare, or Arctic Fox.



(5 minutes)

Science Observations:

Compare and contrast the pictures of arctic animals: Polar Bear, Snowy Owle, Arctic Hare, and Arctic Fox. How are the colors the same? Is there one animal with a different color? How are the ears different? How are the noses different? Are the eyes the same or different? How?


(5 minutes)

Show the students the masks and materials, and explain procedures for using them. For these masks, we are not cutting eye holes. They can ask an adult to help them with that at home if they want to.


(15 minutes)

Students may choose which animal they want to portray. Students may choose to draw or cut and paste the features onto their mask. Work for 10 minutes, clean up for 5 minutes.


(5 minutes)

When all of the materials are cleaned up, students bring their masks to the rug. Ask the students to peek at a neighbor’s mask and guess which animal he/she made. Then, allow students to act like their animal (as nice bears and foxes, we don’t eat our friends). Because the masks don’t have eye holes, instruct students to hold the mask out with some space in front of their face, so they can see where they are going. You may ask students to “perform” in groups - all the Polar Bears together, all the Arctic Hares together, etc., or you may simply ask them to interact with one another all at the same time.

Allow the students to direct their own mask-making. Leave the photographs of each animal visible so the students can continue their scientific inquiry while making the masks.
  • What do arctic animals look like?
  • How are arctic animals the same and different?
  • How can I make my mask look like an arctic animal?
Adapt as necessary for students with individual abilities and needs.
  • Polar Bear
  • Snowy Owl
  • Arctic Fox
  • Arctic Hare
  • Mask
Humans have been making and using masks since the Stone Age, for ceremonial and theatrical purposes. Our masks in this lesson are very simple, and made with materials you already have in your school.
Check students’ masks. Does their mask share characteristics with an arctic animal?


  • White Paper Masks (Circle or oval, with slits cut at about 2:00, 6:00, and 11:00. Help the students overlap and staple at slits to make the mask 3D)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Staples
  • Crayons (black and yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Paper Scraps: White, Yellow, Black
  • Pictures of 4 arctic animals to compare: Polar Bear, Snowy Owl, Arctic Hare, and Arctic Fox