Antarctica: 90 Degrees South Western Reserve Public Media


How to Use Antarctica: 90 Degrees South

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How to Use Antarctica: 90 Degrees South

Brrrr. How about a nice trip to sunny Antarctica?....

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Teacher’s Guide

Part 1: Simulation
The year is 2050. The earth has become dangerously overcrowded. New lands must be explored. You are commissioned to explore Antarctica to see if habitation is possible.

Students will be part of a fact-finding team to do research on their assigned topics. They will report their findings to the class. The class (or small group) will then collaborate on making a plan to determine how to acquire food, housing and transportation.

Part 2: Lesson Plans
Science related, hands-on lesson plans (geared to the state standards) deal with major issues about Antarctica. Lessons topics include glaciers, Arctic vs. Antarctic, food webs, insulation, penguins, core sampling, wind chill, the ozone layers and plate tectonics.


Web Site

The Western Reserve Public Media Web site for Antarctica is located at The site features a hotlist for each of the fact-finding teams as well as one for the collaboration section. The course of study in PDF format, a map, a timeline for exploration, video and sound clips are also available on the Web.


Instructional Television Programs

The videos, which include footage from Antarctica and interviews with experts, provide a balance between the need for progress and the need for preservation of this important continent. The five videos are:

Welcome to Antarctica — Overview

Antarctica Under Construction — Geology/Geography

Winter? Summer? How Can You Tell? — Weather/Seasons

I Thought Penguins Could Fly — Biology/Ecology

Do I Need a Passport? — Habitation

Each part of Antarctica: 90 Degrees South can stand alone or the entire package can be used while doing the simulation. The teacher must decide the best approach for use in his/her classroom.



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