How to Use Antarctica:
90 Degrees South
Brrrr. How about a nice trip to sunny
What's included in the package?
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
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.
The Western Reserve Public Media Web site for
Antarctica is located at http://www.WesternReservePublicMedia.org/antarcti.
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.
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
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.