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Students investigate climate changes by graphing and analyzing ice core data from Greenland and Antarctica. They create, explain and report the pattern of data on a graph of ice core data. In addition they find relationships between the data on different graphs.
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.
Pupils explore world geography by creating a science model. In this water properties lesson, students identify the geography surrounding Antarctica and discuss how water flows in an out of the continent. Pupils complete a water properties worksheet and create a water flow wheel using paper.
Young scholars explore the animals of Antarctica and the Antarctic food chain. They draw pictures of animals to include in a wall collage. Students illustrate the ecosystem's food web and discuss the importance of krill to the Antarctic ecosystem.
Students watch Antarctica: The Last Great Wilderness on Earth, explore and discuss animals and their survival in the polar region of Antarctica, and create mini-books, mobiles, etc. about penguins.
In this Landforms and Resources worksheet, students are asked to complete a chart about the landforms and resources in Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica, then read and answer two short-answer questions.
Students research the exploration of Antarctica by the explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton. In this Antarctic exploration lesson, 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.
Learners examine how to use a globe. In this globe and map comparison lesson, students discuss how the globe and map are alike when looking at Africa and Antarctica. Learners investigate shapes and sizes of globes versus maps.
Students discover the climate and geography of Antarctica. They watch a video about an Antarctica adventure. They finally examine sacrifices made by individuals for the common good.
Students investigate the different types of life found in Antarctica. They conduct research to find different types of information about various organisms. Students classify them according to type and discuss their place in the food web. They construct a detailed food web of the organisms that live in Antarctica.
Students explore animals of Antarctica, specifically penguins, and discuss how they stay warm and survive in polar regions. Students then create mobiles and mini-books on penguins, and graph heights of different penguins.
Students experiment with the relationship between pressure, force, and area. They determine the force and pressure exerted by a LC-130, which is commonly used for cargo and personnel transport in Antarctica.
Students work together to create a tub in which they float plastic sheets. After they record the rate it sinks, they compare it to the speed in which the wind was blowing. They research the weather and ocean conditions of Antarctica.
Students apply the three different types of journal writing by composing one of each type on the subject of Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica. They also write a dialectical journal summarizing the facts of the expedition and analyzing the ways in which the film presents the expedition.
Explore the harsh climate of Antarctica and its wildlife. Participate in experiments to determine how humans survive in the continent's climate, and address the difficulties faced by scientists.
Students discuss the layers of the atmosphere, and the history of the ozone hole. They discuss the chemistry of the ozone formation. Students compare seasonal data collected with ozonesondes. They compare Antarctic and Arctic ozone hole formation.
In this creative writing worksheet, learners describe how daily life would be different if they moved permanently to Antarctica. Students write 1 essay.
In this creating a flag worksheet, students review facts about Antarctica, draw a flag, and write a descriptive paragraph about what it symbolizes. Students complete 2 activities.
In this comparing continents worksheet, learners complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting their continent with Antarctica. Students complete 3 sections of the diagram.
Students explore exploring and expiditions then simlate their own on campus. They divide into small "expedition groups." Have each team report back to the class about their expeditions, using written, oral, or videotaped presentations.