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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.
Learners 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.
Young scholars research the continent of Antarctica to find important facts about its topography, resources, climate, industry, agriculture, and wildlife. They identify Antarctica's animal life and learn what special needs and habitats these creatures require. They then create a three-dimensional display globe that shows 12 different facts about Antarctica.
Students 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.
In this Antarctica worksheet, learners read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Antarctica. Students complete 10 activities total.
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.
In this animals of Antarctica worksheet, learners 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.
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.
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.
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 students may be expected to copy it into a notebook, since it is quite small. Intended for use with the McDougal Littell World Geography text.
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.
In these reading skills worksheets, young scholars 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.
Sixth graders determine the possibility of establishing a colony on Antarctica to help eliminate the world's overcrowding. They consider environmental and economic criteria in determining how this colony functions ans is expected to do in the future.
Students investigate the effects of salinity on icebergs. In this hands on lesson, students design and conduct an investigation into how the amount of salt in ice affects its buoyancy.
In this online Antarctica worksheet, students click on eighteen different links to find the answers to eighteen questions associated with Antarctica.
Novel study is a great way to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Pupils read Shackleton's Stowaway. While they read the book, they research many aspects of Antarctica, such as the living conditions, climate, and travel. They will then use their findings to create a travel brochure about Antarctica.
An engaging PowerPoint gives multiple statements about Antarctica and asks students whether they are true or false. Most of the questions are about weather conditions and animals, and there are a couple of tricky questions about desert conditions and seasons. Cartoons, photographs, and diagrams help illustrate the answers provided. This is a sure way to activate interest in global conditions, weather, and seasons.
See Antarctica through all four seasons in this time-lapse video. You'll see the time-lapse feature in busy restaurants, small airports, open tundra, shipyards, etc. A glimpse into life and the scenery of 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!