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Just How Cold Will It Be in Antarctica?
Learners investigate how to stand the extremely cold temperatures in Antarctica. They discuss what average January temperatures are like in their city and explain the temperature of each in relation to proximity of the sun and longitudinal location.
Students complete a variety of activities about Antarctica and the exploration of the continent. They map locations on Antarctica and plan an expedition there.
Third graders become familiar with Antarctica, the Earth's southernmost continent, by researching its environment and inhabitants. They reference maps, conduct Internet research, identify animals, create graphs and write reports.
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.
Animals (including Insects!) of Antarctica
Students locate information on the various animals of Antarctica, including insects. They identify that there are many distinct environments that support different kinds of organisms and explain why organisms can survive only in environments that meet their needs.
Ticky Plans His Trip to Antarctica to See Tacky
First graders participate in a creative problem solving activity to help Ticky get to the Atlantic Ocean. They identify Ticky's problem, brainstorm ways to solve the problem, and develop a plan. They write the steps Ticky needs to take to get to Antarctica. The students make a class book and illustrate it with their own pictures.
Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica: Landforms and Resources
In this geography skills activity, students read a 2-page selection about the landforms and resources found in the Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica. Students then respond to 2 short answer questions and complete 1 graphic organizer based on the reading selection.
Colossal Squid Caught in Antarctic
Learners define the word colossal, then read a news article about an enormous squid caught off Antarctica. In this animal studies and current events instructional activity, the teacher introduces the article with dictionary and vocabulary activities, then students read the news article and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
The World's Last Great Wilderness (Antarctica)
It's a shame that there are no photographs in this presentation because the information is fascinating! Each identically fashioned slide contains bullet points of information about Antarctica that will enhance an earth science curriculum. Topics covered include the wildlife, The Antarctic Treaty that protects the area, discoveries made, the ice sheet, the impact of global warming on the environment. There are a few slides toward the end that probably would be of no use to you, so you can cut them out. Also, make sure to add some pictures!
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.
New! One Ocean: It Matters!
Here is the first of four poignant lessons on how humans and oceans interact, even if people live far from the coast. This particular lesson plan also examines studies that are taking place in Antarctica of how climate change is affecting the world oceans. Begin the session with a slide show. Break the class into groups where they will brainstorm and create graphic organizers of their thoughts regarding the assigned questions. A slide show, narrated by Dr. Oscar Schofield of Rutgers University, follows. Although the unit is written for residents of Kansas, there is very little content that is specific to the state, so do not overlook this worthy unit! Simply create a new version of the worksheet, changing the name of the state to your own.
Introducing Antarctica 1 - Ice Streams, Ice Shelves, and Icebergs of Antarctica
Students examine the geographical features of Antarctica and the way the ice formations move. In this Antarctica and ice flow lesson, students use an atlas to assist them in labeling the major geographic features of the continent. They read a passage about ice formations and how they move before answering seven comprehension questions.
ANIMALS OF ANTARCTICA
Students are introduced to the animals of Antarctica and how they adapt to their environment and the changes of the seasons after being read the story,"Counting Penguins" . They pick an animal and predict how he/she thinks this animal will adapt to the changes of the seasons chart paper is used to record the predictions.
Southeast Asia, Oceania, And Antarctica: Climate and Vegetation
Explore the geography of Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica through this text-companion activity. Learners read about the climate and vegetation of these regions, taking notes and answering 3 short-answer comprehension questions as they read the selection. A graphic organizer is provided for notes, however it seems middle schoolers may be expected to copy it into a notebook, since it is quite small. Intended for use with the McDougal Littell World Geography text.
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.
Sixth graders use information in the anticipatory set to get them ready to write their paper about living in 1914 on an expedition with sailors and scientists to be the first to walk across the continent of Antarctica. They listen to a book on tape, read aloud, and do some mapping, and some reading and writing activities.
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.