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Students research Australia and Antarctica. In this geography lesson, students use maps and atlases to locate and identify Australia and the Antarctica, as well as the bordering oceans and important landforms. Students listen to related tradebooks and explore given websites in cooperative groups, culminating in a postcard writing and illustrating activity.
Students examine wildlife in Antarctica. In this wildlife activity, 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.
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.
In this geography skills instructional 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.
Students define the word colossal, then read a news article about an enormous squid caught off Antarctica. In this animal studies and current events lesson, 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.
Students examine the geographical features of Antarctica and the way the ice formations move. For 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.
Students complete activities to investigate Antarctica. In this Antarctica lesson, students read the story Mr. Popper's Penguins and find Antarctica on several maps. Students complete a KWL chart for the lesson 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.
Students research Antarctica and complete several activities. In this Antarctica lesson, students read the story Antarctica (Our Endangered Planet) and discuss the book. Students review the physical characteristics of the continent and make a word wall. Students discuss how people live on the land and work in groups to make experiment with ice sheets. Students use the given links to further study.
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.
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.