Antarctic Lesson Plans

Elementary School
Lesson plans are arranged alphabetically by discipline within grade bands. Please note that the lesson plans can be easily modified for all grade levels! To download lesson plans, click on the PDF button after each description. You will need Adobe Reader to view these files. Please click here to download your free copy of Adobe Reader.
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Cross-Curricular Lessons

 
 
Fractured Ice

Antarctica Independent Research Project
Marianne Kaput,Troy Intermediate School, Avon Lake, Ohio

Study any Antarctic topic that interests you! | PDF

 

 
 
Iceberg

Antarctica, Land of Exploration WebQuest

Marianne Kaput, Troy Intermediate School, Avon Lake, Ohio

Explore Antarctica using the Internet. | PDF

 
 

Chillin' in the Antarctic: Real Cool Research

Marianne Kaput, Troy Intermediate School, Avon Lake, Ohio; Juanita Constible; Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; and Richard Lee, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Investigate environmental changes near Palmer Station, Antarctica using an Internet WebQuest. | PDF

 
 
Richard Lee in 1982

Getting Ready to GO!

Luke Sandro, Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio

Plan an expedition to Antarctica, deciding on a route, transportation, provisions, and research topics. | PDF

 

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Earth and Space Science Lessons

 
 
Loudwater Cove

How Cold Will it Be in Antarctica?
Marianne Kaput and Greg Arebaugh, Troy Intermediate School, Avon Lake, Ohio

Use the Internet and Microsoft Excel to examine temperature variation at Palmer Station, McMurdo Station, and your home city. | PDF

 

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Life Science Lessons

 
 

Animals (Including Insects!) of Antarctica

Kathleen Lavelle, Angela Schneider, and Pam Shaffer; Avon East Elementary Team, Avon, Ohio

Research the predators, prey, and habitat of your favorite Antarctic animal. | PDF

 
 
Snowy Goldenrod Gall

Bugsicles! (A frozen insect larva YOU can find!)

Luke Sandro, Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio

Investigate the contents of goldenrod galls. | PDF

 
 
Seal

How do Penguins, Whales, and Seals Live in Such a Cold Ocean?

Luke Sandro, Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio

Learn how a layer of fat just under the skin is highly adaptive for living in cold water. | PDF

 
 
Seal Face

Who Eats Who in Antarctica?

Luke Sandro, Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio

Discover what kind of animals live in Antarctica and construct a basic Antarctic food web. | PDF

 

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