Learn about life in Antarctica including the climate, explorers, animals, geographic features, and current scientific expeditions. Take a virtual tour of this cold continent and view 360-degree images. Includes an eThemes resource on penguins and two eThemes resources on the arctic.
CIA World Factbook: Antarctica
Read basic factual information about Antarctica. Includes a map.
PBS: Antarctic Odyssey
Click on "Shackleton's Expedition" to play "Escape from Antarctica," a short sailing game that demonstrates how explorers navigated before modern technology. In the "NOVA's Expeditions" pages you'll find 360-degree images from Antarctica.
PBS: Antarctica: The End of the Earth
Find out about the harsh weather at the Antarctica. Also learn how seabirds hunt and if the secrets trapped in ice will lead to a discovery of life on Mars.
PBS: Alone on the Ice
See a timeline and read the bios of 20th Century explorers who ventured to Antarctica. The site also has maps and a teacher's guide for the film.
PBS: Survival in Antarctica
This is a lesson plan about survival in Antarctica. Using these activities, students can learn about the ecosystem and geography of Antarctica, how to dress for cold weather, and how to work as a team. Includes printable worksheets to use with the activities. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
PBS: Warnings From the Ice
Learn about life in Antarctica. You can explore an interactive ice core timeline, take a quiz, or see what would happen if the antarctic ice sheet were to melt. This site includes a teacher's guide.
National Geographic: Xpeditions
This is a lesson plan about the ecosystems in the Antarctic.
National Geographic: Atlas
Here you can view and print out maps of Antarctica.
Virtual Tour of Antarctica
Take a virtual tour of Antarctica by viewing photographs of the South Pole and its surrounding areas.
Read about explorer Douglas Mawson's expedition to Antarctica. NOTE: This site has links to external websites.
Summer on Ice
Read about a journalist's experience living in Antarctic. Click on the links at the top and along the side to learn more. Find out what is included in a survival kit. NOTE: This site contains ads and a pop-up.
Macquarie Island Station
See a Webcam image of Antarctica. Because of the extreme cold, the image may only update weekly.
Brain POP! South Pole
Watch a movie with Tim and Moby about the South Pole. Learn the difference between the magnetic and geographic poles, and also what the pole at the South Pole looks like. Then you can take a pop quiz. NOTE: This site is available by subscription only.
eThemes Resource: Animals: Penguins
In this eThemes Resource, learn all about the lives of penguins including their habitats, their adaptation to the environment, and their amazing ability to swim. See a live view of penguins from a Webcam and watch videos of penguins swimming and walking. These sites are filled with factual information, photos, and suggested classroom activities.
eThemes Resource: Arctic Inhabitants
These sites are all about the Arctic region and inhabitants of the area. Includes photos and information about animals, plants, and people. There are games and puzzles to help you learn more about the North Pole's tundra biome.
eThemes Resource: Arctic Explorers
These sites are about the Arctic and the explorers of the area. See maps and learn about the weather and climate of the North Pole. Contains biographies of Matthew Henson and Robert Peary.