All About Antarctica

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The short but interesting lesson introduces students to the continent of Antarctica.  The location of Antarctica is discussed, as well as the first explorers to visit the continent.  The lesson briefly mentions the animals that live in Antarctica such as seals and penguins, and also touches on the Southern Ocean and polar ice caps.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples. It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

All About Antarctica Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages All About Antarctica
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The short but interesting lesson introduces students to the continent of Antarctica.  The location of Antarctica is discussed, as well as the first explorers to visit the continent.  The lesson briefly mentions the animals that live in Antarctica such as seals and penguins, and also touches on the Southern Ocean and polar ice caps.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples. It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Display a plain white sheet of paper surrounded by a frame (drawn or otherwise). Ask students what the “picture” might remind them of in the world.
  2. Allow for a wide variety of responses and discussion, and then begin giving hints about a close-up “picture” of Antarctica, such as it’s in a cold place, far away, etc.
  3. Allow for further responses and discussion. Introduce All About Antarctica.
  4. Distribute All About Antarctica content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Allow time for students to complete the 3 questions related to the Antarctic Treaty.  For question 3, students should not directly copy the treaty rules.
  6. Once completed, conduct a class discussion related to each question. Ask students why some countries might not want to follow the rules.
  7. Allow further responses and discussion.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, students share their acrostics with the class.  check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: Describe a time when you felt extremely cold. Do you think you could survive a visit to the Antarctic?  Why or why not?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1- 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies