Lesson Plans for group activities:
Shackletons Antarctic Odyssey
This series of lesson plans is connected to NOVA programs, including Shackletons Antarctic Odyssey. This website explores both Sir Ernest Shackletons 1914-1916 expedition and a modern recreation. There are many lessons for group activities as well as others that are web-based for individual exploration (see those below under "Web-based Interactive Lessons"). Four of the lessons are described at this site, with a suggested sequence.
Coldest Place at the Bottom of the World
This activity involves reading maps and graphs, interpreting data,
and using measurement to trace an explorers route across the
Does Your State Compare?
This lesson contains n activity sheet that allows learners to compare
their states with Antarctica. This activity focuses on research, either
on the Internet or using other resources.
Lesson plans for a hands-on activity about why ice floats.
Pack essential equipment so that you can survive a sudden emergency
when you are outside in Antarctica. How can you plan ahead to survive
a sudden freak storm?
the North Star Tell You Where You Are
Make an astrolabe, find Polaris, and calculate your latitude.
Meal of Endurance
Calculate the calories in meals eaten by explorers. Will they survive
on this diet?
Around the World
Instructions are given so that learners can chart a course in a voyage
around the world. A few checkpoints are given. Learners must research
and find locations that match the checkpoint descriptions. They need
to estimate distances and then calculate the length of the voyage
they have constructed. The voyage begins and ends in Greenwich, England.
- Weighty Decisions
Students decide what to rescue from the sinking Endurance and compare those decisions to ones made by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Check this online guide to many lesson plans and activities that were designed to accompany the 1996 expedition to Palmer Station, Antarctica.
The activities include blackline masters. You can also download a copy of this teachers guide.
Bigelow Laboratory of Marine Science
From the Top of the World
to the Bottom of the Food Web NASA and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences developed this wonderful series of lessons, correlated to education standards. The sections, each with resources and suggested learning activities, are:
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Try these six activities from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Educapoles is a website of the International Polar Foundation. Its goal is to inform people about the importance of the polar regions. Check here for a wonderful set of multimedia activities.
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