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Students explore Antarctica. In this Antarctica lesson plan, students discover the characteristics of the continent as they search maps, conduct iceberg demonstrations, use the Internet to research the continent, plan a trip to Antarctica, and write stories about the continent.
Students complete activities to learn about endangered species and environmental issues. In this species and environment lesson, students read Antarctica and discuss the author's intent. Students complete Internet research to learn if environmental and climactic changes affect penguins. Students discuss the listed questions and write a letter to the penguins stating how they would help the species.
Has your class ever wondered how animals and scientists stay warm in the Polar Regions? Kids will investigate to understand the three types of heat transfer and how heat transfer affects those trying to stay toasty in sub-zero temperatures. They engage in two different hands-on experiments that show the process of conduction, convection, and radiation. The lesson culminates in a design activity that requires learners to create a suit for staying warm.
Students discover why Antarctica is the most fruitful place on earth for locating meteorites. They work in groups. Students are given a Museum or University Name for each group. They are explained that each group is allowed to comb the surface of the earth looking for meteorites. Students that find the most shall be funded with big bucks to continue their research by NASA and the NSF.
Students explore world geography by creating a science model. In this water properties instructional activity, students identify the geography surrounding Antarctica and discuss how water flows in an out of the continent. Students complete a water properties worksheet and create a water flow wheel using paper.
Students research the exploration of Antarctica by the explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton. In this Antarctic exploration lesson plan, students watch a movie about Sir Ernest Shackelton and his ship the Endurance. Students study a map of Antarctica and Shackelton's course. Students write a list of leadership qualities and role-play an Antarctic survival simulation. Students write an essay about the characteristics of a good leader.