Sample Lesson Plan: Eskimo Theme

A suggestion of activities for a weekly lesson plan to teach your preschooler(s) about Eskimos.

If you’re looking for an Eskimo lesson plan for preschool-age children, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve searched the ‘net for the best activities to teach your child or children about Eskimo/Inuit peoples who live in the Arctic.

Theme: People who live in the Arctic

Week Of: 1/15/2018

Teacher/Classroom: Ms. Whitney 3-4s

Purpose: To educate preschoolers about groups of people who live in the Arctic, such as Eskimos/Inuit

Concept: Like animals, there are people who are native to Arctic climates. How do they survive? What do they wear? What do they eat? What are some customs native to them?

This Week:
Food (Fruit or Vegetable) Seaweed
Recipe/Cooking Eskimo Pie
Blocks Use Styrofoam, (white if available) to build an igloo. If Styrofoam isn’t available, choose something soft so children can safely crawl inside
Dramatic Play Provide winter coats, heavy clothing so children can dress for the winter
Number 5
Letter E
Sensory Snow Rice. Add rice and glitter to the sensory bin with toys

Art: Eskimo Craft. Try this one!

Language: Discuss Seaweed as a food. Provide seaweed snacks for children. Ask them to describe how they taste. Record answers. Do they like or dislike? Try different flavors but make sure they get original as well.

Large Motor: Let’s Get Moving Winter Activity. Randomly select activities to pretend. Go outside and play in the snow weather permitting.

Manipulative: Winter STEM: Build a Snow Fort. Fine Motor play with Styrofoam “Snowballs.”

Math and Science: Feed the Penguin Counting Mats. Mitten Math Snowflake Count. Polar Ice Fishing Science Experiment.

Music and Movement: Tissue Dance.


Group Time: Hidden Snowball Game. Use felt cutouts to hide snowball. Children try to guess under which mitten the snowball is.
Special Activities: Introduce the food, number, and letter of the Week. Discuss Eskimos.

Use a globe (or map) and stickers to show children where Eskimos live.

Social-Emotional Calm Down Yoga Moves
Books: Read: Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Alaska ABC Book by Charles Kreeger


Group Time: Sesame Street Letter of the Day “E” Video

Discuss words that begin with “E” such as Egg and Eskimo.

Special Activities: Tasting and Discussing Seaweed, Letter “E” Craft–Big E, Practice Writing Big E
Social-Emotional Arctic Animals Yoga Moves
Books: Read: Mama, Do You Love Me by Barbara M. Joosse

Read: The Story of Owinga: A Little Eskimo Girl by George Stankovich


Group Time: Watch and Sing “Five Hungry Ants”
Special Activities: Eskimo Craft, Number 5 Play-Dough Mats, Practice Writing Number 5
Social-Emotional Read: The Grateful Giraffe by Giselle Shardlow. Ask children what they are grateful for.
Books: Read: Kamik, An Inuit Puppy Story by Donald Uluadluak

Read: The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale by Lydia Dabcovich


Group Time: Sesame Street Letter of the Day “E” Video
Special Activities: Making Eskimo Pies, Little e Craft
Social-Emotional Read: The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood
Books: Read: Berry Magic by Teri Sloat and Betty Huffman

Read: Kamik’s First Sled by Matilda Sulurayok


Group Time: Iyaga Game, a Traditional Game for Inuit Children
Special Activities: Watch “Mama, Do You Love Me?”
Social-Emotional Calm Down Yoga Moves
Books: Read: Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.

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