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Continent: Antarctica Discuss this eTheme.

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.

Grades

  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5

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Read basic factual information about Antarctica. Includes a map.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is an interactive site about the ecosystems in the Antarctic. Click on "Launch" to see the content.
Here you can view and print out maps 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.
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.
See a Webcam image of Antarctica. Because of the extreme cold, the image may only update weekly.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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