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Polar Mission - Hoo-ee-tsoom

  • Biodôme
The Razorbilled auk (alca torda) ia a carnivore
Photo: Biodôme
Alca torda

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Description of the activity

Students "help" scientists understand the sub-polar regions by identifying food chains linking animals and plants.

Equipment needed by the student

Computer with internet connection and browser with the Shockwave plug-in.


Make sure the Shockwave plug-in is up to date.

Refresher course

  • Ask students to name some of the living and non-living parts of an ecosystem.
  • Ask students to identify the environmental problems discussed in the Hoo-ee-tsoom game, in the Arctic and Antarctic regions (Arctic: pollution; Antarctic: krill fishing).
  • Ask students which polar region is home to penguins, and which to auks. (Penguins live in the Antarctic or South Pole region, and auks live in the Arctic, or North Pole region.)
  • Ask students to name some animals living in the Labrador Coast ecosystem at the Biodôme (Atlantic puffin, black guillemot, common murre, razorbill auk and king eider).
  • Ask students to name some animals living in the Sub-Antarctic Islands ecosystem at the Biodôme (king penguin, gentoo penguin, rockhopper penguin and macaroni penguin).

Category of activity

  • Preparatory activity

Sub-category of activity

  • Online activity

Grade level

  • Elementary cycle three

Number of students per group

Individual activity


45 minutes

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