Antarctica: 90 Degrees South Western Reserve Public Media

Lesson Plans

Procedures for Using the Science Lesson Plans


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Arctic vs. Antarctic



Student will describe the properties of the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Student will write a report citing the similarities and differences of the two regions.


  • Handout

  • Research material (textbooks, library material, Internet, etc.)



  1. Students will find the Arctic and the Antarctic on a map. They should come up with the observation that they are on the top and the bottom of the earth.

  2. Students should either brainstorm what they know OR they could make a Venn diagram showing what they know about each.

  3. Students will then be broken into two groups: the Arctic Group and the Antarctic group. Those groups will be further divided into pairs (or they could work individually) and find information on the following: the amount of land, the pole contained, the temperature, the land animals and the amount of sunlight. Students may use the Internet or text material available to them.

  4. The groups will report back to the main group. As the reports are made, students will fill in the chart provided on the worksheet.

Category Arctic Antarctic
Land No land Is a continent
Pole North Pole South Pole
Temperature Cold Coldest Temp on Earth
Land Animals Polar Bears Penguins
Sunlight Sun never sets in summer Same but reversed season in the south



Students should report to the class the information that they found.

Writing rubric below will be used to evaluate the comparative writing piece.



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