Antarctic History Teacher Resources
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Students complete a variety of activities about Antarctica and the exploration of the continent. They map locations on Antarctica and plan an expedition there.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Antarctica. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students explore the Antarctic continent, Australia's role in Antarctic exploration and development, the issues concerning Antarctica's future and the needs of the Antarctic community.
Packing for Antarctica
Learners brainstorm list of ten essential items they would want in event of being stranded in wilderness area, discuss supplies that would be needed for expedition to Antarctica, create spreadsheets, and discuss survival items that would be needed for emergency situation.
Antarctica The Frozen Continent
For this animals of Antarctica worksheet, students read an informative text about penguins and seals of this region. Students fill out a fact chart with bullet points about: diet, predators, breeding habits, and body features.
Ozone and Temperature Data Analysis, South Pole Antarctica
Students discuss the layers of the atmosphere, and the history of the ozone hole. They discuss the chemistry of the ozone formation. Students compare seasonal data collected with ozonesondes. They compare Antarctic and Arctic ozone hole formation.
Traveling Through Mexican History
Sixth graders visit a number of websites to study early Mexican history. They create a three-page PowerPoint presentation and use the title pages to design a timeline.
Learners explore why Antarctica is so important to the planet. They investigate the physical characteristics. Students create their own unique treaty of governance for Antarctica and discuss how laws are enforced in Antarctica.
Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica
In this geography worksheet, students read about the history and development of Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica. Students take notes and answer 5 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Regents High School Examination: Global History and Geography, January 2008
In this global history and geography standardized test practice worksheet, learners respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 15 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of world history and geography.
The Amazing Antarctic Trek
This resource provides two ways to engage learners in using latitude, longitude, and research skills. In pairs, or on their own, learners will locate several Antarctic regions on a map. They will write the name of the place and a few key details that describe the location. In another version of the activity, finding map locations based on latitude and longitude will lead them to envelopes containing questions about Antarctica which they must answer through quick research or topic look up. Either way you use it, the idea is a good one that will definitely engage your young geographers.
Stories That Go with the Territory
Students investigate various expeditions throughout history to new and/or uncharted territories. They work in groups to develop and 'produce' television news magazine segments about some of these historic expeditions.
Flightless Birds and Scientific Research
Students study the work done by various scientists on Antarctica. In this biology lesson, students play the role of researchers who must justify the importance of their study. They create a multimedia presentation about a specific issue that impacts Adelie penguins.
All Fired Up
Students brainstorm images and themes associated with the American Fourth of July holiday. They create illustrated posters to explain the processes or history behind these themes.
In these reading skills worksheets, students study the map of Antarctica and use it to answer the 4 questions. Students then use the 'Thin Ice' story to help them complete the 4 sentences.
Ice, Ice, Baby
Students explore the causes and effects of the melting ice formations in Antarctica; they then research different aspects of the topic in order to create a news special.
Extereme Arthropods: Exploring Evolutionary Adaptations To Polar and Temperate Deserts
Students investigate arthropods from bothe places, creating "toolboxes" necessary for survival in extreme environments. They work in small groups to design imaginary arthropods that are able to survive in either Antarctica or Namibia. Students use evolutionary "toolboxes" to pick out appropriate adaptations for actual Namib and Antarctic arthropods, using a menu of authentic names, adaptations and photos.
Antarctic Sediment Cores
Students explore Earth science by examining diagrams. In this sediment lesson, students identify the different layers which belong to Antarctica and examine images of the different sediments. Students complete a description matching worksheet with their classmates before answering Earth science study questions.
Corn: An A-Maizing Plant
Students research Earth science by participating in a food preparation activity. For this agriculture lesson, students discuss where corn comes from, how it used in modern day recipes and what the health benefits of the plant are. Students read text regarding the history of the plant and soak kernels overnight before they examine the food.
New! Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem. Small groups use beads and game cards to model how decreasing sea ice impacts the food web. To close, a class discussion ensues about ocean acidification and what pupils learned from the activity. Be sure to consider using the entire unit in your environmental studies course.