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What is Beyond Penguins?

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is an online magazine integrating science, literacy, and the polar regions specifically designed for elementary teachers. In each of 20 thematic issues, you can:

In addition you can find multimedia resources such as podcasts, a photo gallery, and electronic books for student use.

Print On Demand

Want a new way to access Beyond Penguins content? We have been uploading content from the magazine into MagCloud - a print on demand service from Hewlett-Packard. You can order full color printed copies of highlights from each issue of the magazine to be mailed to you, just like a traditional print magazine (you will be charged a 20 cents per page printing fee and postage). MagCloud also has a new iPad app that allows you to download issues from MagCloud onto an iPad for free.

Browse all content:

iPad app download:

Here are the links for specific issues:

Read Online

Want to read these documents online but don’t have an iPad? You can also access them at - a site that allows you to read documents online, add comments, and share them with others.

Here are the links to specific issues of the magazine:

Conference Handouts

These PDF files are ones that we have printed and passed out at conferences. They include highlights from the magazine as well as entire lesson plans.

This flyer provides information on Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears and our newest project - Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle - and can be used for dissemination purposes.

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0733024. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Contact us at

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