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Students research the history of Antarctica. For this Antarctica history lesson, students work in groups to prepare a word collage about Antarctica and read A For Antarctica. Students complete a map activity, sandwich board chronology activity, fact wheel, Venn diagram, journal and treasure hunt for the lesson.
Students examine wildlife in Antarctica. In this wildlife lesson, students read Mr. Popper's Penguins and Ice Continent to learn about wildlife found in Antarctica. Students locate Antarctica on a world map and brainstorm the wildlife they would would find there. Students watch the video "Nature: World of Penguins" and research facts about penguins.
Students 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.
Students complete activities to investigate Antarctica. In this Antarctica instructional activity, students read the story Mr. Popper's Penguins and find Antarctica on several maps. Students complete a KWL chart for the instructional activity and research the continent using classroom resources as well as the Internet. Students examine the weather of the continent, watch a related video, and create a travel brochure.
Inviting parents into the classroom for an “Afternoon in Antarctica” concludes this integrated Social Studies/Language Arts unit study of Antarctica. Young explorers read books about the continent and use their research findings to build dioramas, write stories or poems pertaining to the place, and to create a power point presentation. On visiting day, class members teach parents how to use a compass and GPS and distribute penguin food during the viewing.
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.
High schoolers 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.
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.
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.