Procedures for Using
the Science Lesson Plans
The main goal of the science lesson plans is for students
to understand the basic scientific concepts about Antarctica.
These concepts include glaciers, the food chain, insulation,
core sampling, wind chill, the ozone holes and plate tectonics.
All lessons can be used or they can be used independently
of one another. The teacher determines the selection of topic,
approach and order of the lessons. Lessons can be used to
supplement weak student areas while the simulation is occurring
or they can be used in place of the simulation.
Your Own Glacier
Students will create a glacier using water and stones.
Students will determine the similarities and differences between the Arctic
and the Antarctic regions.
Students will research what food is eaten by a variety of Antarctic species
and construct a food web.
Students will experiment to find out what materials make good insulators.
Students will do research on the Internet and find and write about characteristics
of different penguins.
Students will model the actual taking of core samples by using a layered
cupcake and a straw.
Students will determine if wind does make a difference in temperature and
will graph the results.
Students will become part of an expert group to find information on the ozone
holes and will present their findings to the rest of the class.
Students will make a model of the earth moving through plate tectonics and
will write an explanation of the process.